Both of these young women were likely to pass...one had enough points already. (The department requires a paper that qualifies as a research or sources essay, and while they both missed the deadline this week for the official research project, an earlier paper by both had multiple sources and actually qualifies as well.)
I know both felt snowed under, getting the last paper done, prepping for the exam. But, seriously, even walking into class and taking a nap or scrawling nothing but Nicki Minaj lyrics in a blue book would have gotten them through.
I read a great book called College Fear Factor a couple of years ago, a book that - among a great number of other things - revealed to me that many students just would rather drop or stop coming to a class than turn in work that proved they were not worthy of being in college.
It bums me out because I was one of the all time great "bad college students," but I turned in my shitty work and learned from it. (And took more than a few classes over again.)