It’s that time of the semester again. The point where all of the students who are on the verge of failing begin their begging for passing grades. My system is very simple: if you do the work than you will pass. If you don’t do it, you will fail. I made this very clear on the first day. Writing assignments, and there are quite a few of them, make up half the final grade, but for some reason students think they can pass while just taking the exams. Now I get the whole “oh I didn’t know. Can I still hand in the assignments?” Uh, no. What part of NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED (yes it’s in caps and bold in the syllabus) do you not understand? I don’t care that your grandmother died—I am fatal to most grandparents—or that you “forgot” the assignment or that your computer died. Why didn’t you talk to me when the assignment was due? Why did you wait until the last two weeks of the semester to ask me about this? I am not going to go out of my way to grade late assignments when you couldn’t even get off your own ass and do it when it was supposed to be done. Oh and crying doesn’t help either. There’s a reason why I keep such a big box of tissues on my desk. I get a lot of this and I’m immune to it now.