Quote from Jolie
While not a clinical instructor, I have precepted a number of senior students, and let me tell you, I would not look kindly on a student "blowing off" the final day of clinical. Your program may allow for 1 unpenalized absence during the clinical rotation, but that is intended for illness, sudden emergency, unsafe driving conditions, etc., NOT student indifference, laziness, or "mental health".
Taking the day off without a legitimate excuse is dishonest and unprofessional.
I guess neither you or Sty really know my story. And there's no way that an internet forum can relay the nuances of what we say here.
I agree with what both of you said. Absolutely. Just don't lump me in with other students. I'm not typical. My situation does not involve indifference, or laziness. I went to clinical instead of being at my dying father-in-law's bedside last year. I'm dedicated. Anyone here that knows me will tell you that. And I don't take mental health lightly, being someone with documented diabilities that require a great deal of effort to overcome. My concerns are legitimate.
Every week, I post an update of how the semester is going, so that those that care and know my history can watch as I succeed. I am a professional, I am a serious student, and stand in a position to pass this class even if I got a ZERO on the final. That was through hard work both this and my past attempt at this semester. I was a serious student last time too, going into the final with a 90 average. My 3.87 GPA proves it too. This, again, involves a great deal of effort in working through my disabilites. Lowest grade to date is a B+. I will not recount why I got the boot with one day left last time, but lets just say it in part it was due to a lack of understanding of who I am and how I function and what I'm capable of. My current professor/CI was there and knows the whole story. She has told me numerous times that she is proud of me for overcoming many obstacles, including the repeat of the semester. She says many give up and don't ever come back. Those here that do know me know my story. I don't feel the need to explain it again.
Someone here that does know my story, someone whom I'd consider a professional, and a friend, has responded displaying full understanding of my situation and my history. Others have been constructive in what they said. I am trying very hard to not view what you said as harsh, but the sting lingers.
I know who I am. I know the good I've done. I know what I've been through. I know what it's taught me.