I knew that registering for 9 credit hours in the fall would require a lot of me, specially that I registered for physics I, calculus II, and chemistry II which I needed to earn so that I was on track to graduate on time. I thought I could handle the work load, and I still think I could have, except that my father became very ill in January. While he was sick at home and unable to work, I had to drive home every weekend and some week nights to help out with household duties and to care for my two brothers whom they still studying at school.
Needless to say, the hour-long drive each way cut into my study time, as did the chores I had to do at home. Even when I was at school, I was very distracted with the home situation and was unable to focus on my schoolwork. I understand now that I should have communicated with my professors (instead of avoiding them), or even taken a leave of absence. I thought I could handle all of these burdens, and I tried my best, but I was wrong. I love UAE University, and it would mean so much to me to graduate with a degree from this school, which would make me the first person in my family to complete a college degree.
If I am reinstated, I will focus much better on my schoolwork, take fewer hours, and manage my time more wisely. Fortunately, my father is recovering and has returned to work, so I should not need to travel home nearly as often. Also, I have met with my advisor, and I will follow his advice about communicating better with my professors from now on. Please understand that my low GPA that led to my dismissal does not indicate that I am a bad student. Really, I’m a good student who had one very, very bad semester. I hope you will give me a last chance. Thank you for considering this appeal. Yours Sincerely, Mohamed Saleh Salem Al Braik