This story is a coupe months old, but what happened last night really made me want to tell it. I really want to take a second here and brag about the school. I’m in an online math class. I’m not that swell at math. I have to have it. No, it is not offered seated. See my dilemma? So, I’m taking it, because I have no choice. Anyway, I’m doing pretty well in it, thanks to the easy to understand book and the professor. However, there is one tiny glitch: all of the tests have to be proctored, which means I have to do it on campus in AACCESS, the testing center. I had it all planned out: I would take it on a Friday. Great plan, but this was when we were getting all the snow, and the Friday I needed to take it the offices closed because of snow and no testing for Tori. So, I find a time it works with my schedule (the only time before the due date, also the night before the due date) and I head in there, determined to kick this test’s butt. I’m ready, and then I get the news: the test I need isn’t there. There was a mix-up, and what I needed wasn’t there. I was so crestfallen. I go to my room and e-mail my professor begging for the test. I’m getting ready to beg my boss to let me off work the next day to take the test so it isn’t late, and then I go to stuff my face in the pasta Putnam made. Lo and behold, I find out my professor saw my e-mail, and took the test over there so I could take it. It wasn’t even a 30 minute gap in time. Let me add here, I e-mailed him after 5 p.m. After normal business hours, my professor saw my e-mail, responded, and then took my test to AACCESS so I didn’t have to take off work or school the next day. I rushed over there, took my test, and I did it. I kicked that test’s butt.
Okay, last night it was test time again. The only time I could take this test without taking off work was last night. I go in and I’m ready. I’ve been stressed about this test for the last week, and I’m ready to get it over with. I go to the testing center and they tell me the center is closed because of CAAP testing. I immediately start freaking out because it’s due the next day and I have too many obligations to take it then. Then, they call someone and tell me they will let me take it. Whew. Thanks, testing center ladies.
Here’s the thing: my professor didn’t have to do that. He could have went, “It’s after five. I’m off. I’ll deal with this student tomorrow.” But he didn’t. He saw my very stressed out e-mail, responded promptly, and remedied the situation. In my book, this guy is awesome. The only time I’ve met this guy is to ask for a Grizzly Gear Monday picture, yet he took that time to help me. That’s pretty awesome.
Same goes for the testing center. They could have said, “Too bad. You should have known.” But they didn’t. The faculty and staff here care about you and your problems and your dreams and everything in between. It’s incredible. I know you’ve heard this over and over again, but our faculty and staff at MSU-WP are pretty special. I honestly would not have gotten through this semester without them.