In the article The Dog Ate My Disk, And Other Tales of Woe by Carolyn Foster Segal, it talks about all the different excuses that many students’ makes in order to get away from turning in an assignment that was not completed on time. One of the most common excuses that students have is the family emergency or some sort of personal issue. This excuse has been used from time to time, so it is not as effective anymore compared to how it was back then, having said that, most teachers are already prepared when a student gives this kind of excuse to them. It’s is like in boxing, teachers are prepared to counter attack what the students throw at them.
As I read this article, it actually made me laugh because some of the excuses I have used myself. Although it is bad to turn in an assignment late, it is not bad to make an excuse to make up for it. After all, it’s all for our sake. If the instructor let us go with it, then we’re good. But that doesn’t mean we can do it again. In this kind of situations, first is alright, but never expect a second time because any instructors would definitely doubt a second time. This article is an irony because it shows how the excuses made the teachers believe to not believe the students as time passed.