I am preprofessional and I am: grieving

  • Jan 20, 2017

College is a huge part of your life and at some point during your time here you may end up losing someone dear to you. While being a student and focusing on school is important, you need to make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to grieve. Losing someone is emotionally and physically draining. You can’t expect to be perfect all the time. MSU faculty and staff are very cooperative in giving time off for a death. I recently just lost my grandfather who was an amazing man. My professors were nothing but compassionate.

The most important thing about grieving is your mental well-being. Please check out the link below for information on MSU’s Counseling Center.


As well as focusing on yourself, please e-mail your professors in a timely manner (at least within a week you knew about the passing) to inform them of your absence. Professors are humans too and understand what you may be going through. Give yourself TIME to heal.

Additionally, you need to fill out a Grief Absence Request Form. Typically, this will just be a brief description of your absence as well as providing an obituary or some form of proof. It is very short and easy to fill out.

For further questions about Michigan States Grief Absence Policy please follow this link below.


Take things slow and one day at a time. The future schools you apply to will understand too.

With love,

Bailey Begley