Wreck: Forever waiting for grades

Nisha Gandhi

Midterms are finally over, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that it feels like the biggest weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can finally go back to binge-watching Netflix in peace, without feeling guilty for watching Rory Gilmore study her butt off while my textbooks collect dust on my desk. However, I don’t think I can consider myself fully cleansed of all things concerning midterms until I get all my grades back.

Waiting for grades to come back is quite possibly the most annoying part about being a student. There’s absolutely nothing worse, in my opinion, than finishing the hardest exam you’ve ever taken and having to wait weeks upon weeks to see how you did.

I understand why it takes professors a while to grade things, especially long papers and exams full of open-ended questions. I have no problem waiting a week, even two. I mean, I find peer-reviewing my friend’s papers to be an extremely daunting task. I can’t imagine multiplying that by 20 to 30 depending on how many students are in the class. But when it gets to be closer to a month after you’ve handed an assignment in and your grade is still nowhere to be found, I think there’s a real problem.

The bottom line is this: we, as students, have commitments other than schoolwork, too, but we get our schoolwork done and turned into you on time. So we expect that as professors, you treat us with the same courtesy and get our work graded within a reasonable amount of time. –N. Gandhi