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Home Sick: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. | October 6th, 2010 | Teen Perspective

I was home sick for about half of the last week, and I have had this topic fresh in my mind, so it’s the topic I’m writing about this week. Being home sick isn’t a very big topic, and is self-explanatory, but there are some very important guidelines that will help deal with the make-up work and the teachers. Here is a smattering of tips and tid-bits that should help.

  • First of all, I have never understood the allure to faking sick and staying home from school. Sure, you get that precious 7 hours less of school, but that means you have to deal with make-up work, and that is definitely not worth it. Also, at my house, when I am sick I cannot do much; in fact I am pretty much stuck in my room reading and sleeping, with a little TV mixed in. This may be different, but it is still not worth it.
  • At the same time, if you are sick, don’t go to school just because you don’t want make-up work. If you are sick, the quality of your work will go out the window and your teachers don’t want a contagious kid in class. If you play sports, pushing yourself while sick is a bad idea (unless it’s game day, in which case: no comment).
  • If you are home and sick, there is one important step to follow. Get in touch with your teachers! All of my teachers have email accounts they check regularly, so email them and explain your predicament! If they can, they will email you what you owe or tell you when and where it can be picked up. Also, this will earn you brownie points.
  • Finally, have your makeup work picked up and do it! If you procrastinate with “I’m sick,” you will fall behind to a point where it will go from make-up work to late work and you will lose points. Nothing is worse than that.

Being home sick sucks, I know, so just don’t fake it, and if you are sick, make the best of it and do your work. Having a load of make-up work on a day you’re feeling better sucks even worse!

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