Distraught Student Blames Breakup for Failing to Do Her Homework
“My dog ate my homework” is just so passe.
Rachel Harriman, a 19-year-old student at Ohio State University, sent a professor a note than she could not finish an assignment because she had broken up with her boyfriend and was in no emotional state to focus on academics.
"how are classes going" "how is your life" pic.twitter.com/7GOXFFI7U6
— Rachel Harriman (@rachel_harry8) February 21, 2017
At first, it sounds pretty lame. Life throws all sorts of curveballs our way and we have to learn how to balance our personal lives with our responsibilities, right? Sure, that makes sense, but some on the internet rallied to her aid.
@rachel_harry8 hey, your ex boyfriends a vagina and he should get slapped l.
Papi from midway
— Papi Chulo (@odagled21) February 21, 2017
@rachel_harry8 This is gold Rachel!!. Can I hire you to start writing my emails to my Professors???
— Brendan McAndrews (@bmcandrews33) February 21, 2017
@rachel_harry8 where does he live i am truly ready to post tf up
— jess begue (@jessbegue) February 21, 2017
Still, some others are incredulous that this was an actual excuse.
— Insanity (@ttroyfm) March 2, 2017
@rachel_harry8 you shouldn't be getting extra time because of relationship stuff, girls have that happen all the time
— Zach D ✞ (@GodIsEsstenial) March 2, 2017
@rachel_harry8 If this had been a straight white male who had broken up with his gf and wanted an extension he would have been laughed at
— Patrick (@PaddyJackHH) March 2, 2017
While the general public has its own opinions on the matter, there was only one whose really mattered: the professor’s. Rachel said he replied and that she wound up getting a B+ and didn’t penalize her for handing it in late.
It may have worked in college, but we’d love to meet the person who can make this fly in the real world. “Sorry I didn’t finish that report, but my boyfriend dumped me last night” isn’t going to get you much sympathy when you’re being paid to do a job. At least not until Millennials are running all the Fortune 500 companies.