Friedman: Streamline Student Health Service

Sophomore Gabrielle Friedman, a Hatchet columnist, urges GW’s Student Health Service to consider implementing a way that would allow students to bypass a full and lengthy examination in order to receive an excused absence from class.

With winter break over, students return to campus with stories of travels abroad, holiday hookups and an unexpected souvenir: cold symptoms. Whether it is the result of traveling on germ-infested airplanes or spending too many hours making snowmen outside, it is impossible to walk through campus without spotting someone coughing, sneezing, or wheezing in general disarray. If starting off a new semester with sniffles was not frustrating enough, some professors’ policy of requiring a note from Student Health Service to prove your illness after you miss class will surely have you feeling worse.

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