One thing first generation students often do not know is that yes, you can request exceptions to a variety of rules and regulations at your college.
One thing first generation students often do not know is that yes, you can request exceptions to a variety of rules and regulations at your college. Sometimes you can get extensions for papers, or ask for even larger exceptions such as an administrative withdrawal from your college with a refund. Whatever it is that you think you need, it doesn’t hurt to find someone and ask if its possible. How you go about doing that is another matter.
In my role as an academic advisor, I meet belligerent students often. Students who feel they deserve an exception, and, thus treat everyone they come into contact with badly when they are told no, or told that they must fulfill an obligation before being considered.
There is an old saying that states: “you can get more flies with honey than vinegar.” This saying means that you can get more when you ask nicely than when you do not. In college this is absolutely true. Sometimes getting what you want or need is simply a matter of getting introduced to the right person, or having the right person advocate on your behalf.
Once you have determined that you have a legitimate request, speak up and ask for your exception. If you’re courteous, which includes your verbal, non-verbal, and written communication someone will usually work above and beyond their duty to help.