"This will be no problem at all. All I ever ask students is to let me know what's going on so I can work with them; you are already ahead of the curve. When you are expecting to turn in an assignment late all I would ask is that you give me an expected date that I will see it. It helps keep both of us on track".
Communication is the key to success.
In June, I lost my grandmother. I had two group assignments due and a final project to work on. What was I going to do? That was my first thought. My second thought was, I better communicate with my class/group-mates and the professor. I need to let them know why I will be absent for a specific time period and if they need to, how they can reach me.
In the beginning of August, I had to go to a mandatory week-long training for my job. It was going to be a four-day class from 8 am to 5 pm, with networking events from 6 pm to 10 pm. How was I going to do most of my school work from a hotel Wi-Fi, limited time and limited resources? I communicated with the professor a week prior and a few days before about how I would be traveling for work, and working with limited resources. I stated up front what I would and would not be able to do and expressed that as soon as I could, I would complete the assignment in full, even if it meant a decrease in my grade.
All in all, be up front and communicate with your professors. This skill is directly transferable to the job force. Communication is key to success in the work place and it is also key to this program.
About the Author
Dennis Labossiere has been attending Utica College since August of 2009. He came to Utica specifically for their Cyber program. Dennis received his B.S. in May 2013 and quickly started the road to his M.S. in August 2013. He is scheduled to graduate in December 2015 with a M.S. in Cyber Security with a dual specialization in Computer Forensics and Cyber Operations.