My name is , and I was a senior at . I was dismissed from , and the deadline for appeal was December 21th. I contacted Dean on January 29th. I would like to explain what happened which made me miss the deadline. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write a rationale for appealing late.
First, let me note that I did not purposely choose not to act immediately. the only means of notification that I received was through e-mail, and I missed the e-mail. The actual letter has not arrived yet, and Dean tried to call me but could not because of time difference. I had not known about it until when I contacted Dean .
At the end of December, I was suffering from flu/cold, which made me stay in bed all day. According to the medical record in the clinic, I visited the clinic on 20th, 22th and 30th,(local time) and I started to get sick the day before 19th.
Continuing onto January, my remaining anxiety issues hindered me from confronting my matters directly. Even though I knew I should not avoid e-mails, I struggled with checking e-mails because it was too anxious and panicking for me. I was afraid of other people’s response and reaction towards me. I consulted the therapist in my hometown I used to meet for years. Moreover, my parents have been still sick when I returned home after last term, and I had to work physically to help out my family and housework and was mentally preoccupied on the condition of my father, which was an additional mental stress for me.
I acknowledge that checking e-mails and taking actions is my important responsibility. However, I would like to note that my circumstances also have hindered me from acting promptly. I did not expect that I could be subject to dismissal, and contacted the college right away once I knew about the dismissal. I would appreciate it very much if the committee could take my circumstances into account.