So today I decided that I was going to e-mail my professors for next semester about meeting with them before classes start about my Tourette’s and accommodations. I was really nervous just to send out the e-mails, but I did it! And one of my professors already sent a very warm response back!
This is basically the e-mail I sent to my professors:
Hi! My name is Jackie and I am a sophomore at Wash U. I’m excited to be in your class this Fall and I was wondering if there might be a time that I could stop by your office before our first class. I usually like to meet my professors before classes start so that I can introduce myself and tell you a little bit about a condition I have called Tourette’s Syndrome. This helps to avoid any possible confusion on our first day of class and going forward.
I also receive accommodations through disability resources and I can hand you a copy of my accommodations when I come in to meet you. Is there a time I could stop by your office before our first class that would work for you? Please let me know! I’m looking forward to meeting you. Thank you!
And this is the e-mail that one of my professors already sent back:
Thanks for your e-mail and thanks for being pro-active about this! I’ll be meeting with the two TAs from the course (who will be very active with the students, since right now there is 105 in the course!) next Monday at 2 p.m. Can you perhaps come then and meet us? I hope you don’t mind that they’re there; but I think it’s important for them to learn about you as well.
I think the e-mail she sent back was great! I will be meeting with her and the TA’s for the class on Monday. The e-mail was warm in nature and lets me know that she is actually glad I am being proactive about e-mailing her about my Tourette’s, and also lets me know that is actually wants to learn about Tourette’s and how it affects me in class.
Thought this might be helpful for all of you to read since you guys may be dealing with similar back to school things! I will let you know when my other professors respond to the e-mails and I will also let you guys know how my meeting goes with them. I’m super nervous but I think I can do it!