Not a single one of my 56 students in the Culture of Spain course asked for an extension for the final essay. This is a very unexpected development. I was so sure that grandmas were going to die and legs were going to break that I set the due date today instead of Friday to have two extra days for urgent requests for extensions.
“Are you sure you don’t need an extension?” I asked students who came by my office to verify the citation format.
“No,” they responded proudly. “We have finished on time.”
You see what things have come to? I hunt people down trying to get them to accept extensions but they refuse with pride and a sense of self-sufficiency.
The students are scaring me with how responsible they are this year. I guess all my speechifying about the importance of creating a professional persona that commands respect did make an impression.