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The song doesn’t lie: Breaking up is incredibly freaking hard to do. Especially when you’re blindsided by your now ex-partner. Especially on a weekend, with a whole damn week ahead of you. And especially when you’re a college student who wants to mourn for just one measly day, but alas, you have an assignment due.
Take 19-year-old Rachel Harriman, a student at Ohio State University, who decided to email her professor the excuse for why her assignment was so late instead of putting on a brave face and taking a deduction for lateness.
She, like many before her, was unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend and the event threw quite the wrench in her schedule.
“I was a complete, unfocused mess who did not account for such a time consuming hiccup to affect my Sunday productivity,” she wrote to the prof. SAME, GIRL. SAME.
Harriman then shared the email on Twitter, because what is the platform even for if not to air your post-breakup grievances every now and again. And it struck a chord with thousands of people.
"how are classes going" "how is your life" pic.twitter.com/7GOXFFI7U6— Rachel Harriman (@rachel_harry8) February 21, 2017
We’ve all been there—it’s an awful feeling, but the empathy she received probably helped her in return. Tens of people responded to the sad message as any good friends would: by calling her ex trash and offering to cheer her up (or even take her out).
@rachel_harry8 where does he live i am truly ready to post tf up— jess begue (@jessbegue) February 21, 2017
@rachel_harry8 I'll shit on his lawn 4 u— Rachel Rouwenhorst (@RealSagBobet) February 21, 2017
@rachel_harry8 here is my shoulder.— Sarika (@therealsarika) March 2, 2017
Harriman said even her professor seemed understanding in the reply she received.
“Well, life happens,” the email from the professor, provided to BuzzFeed, reads. “Seems like a good time to go to Europe.”
She ended up getting a B+ on the assignment, and the professor didn’t deduct points for her being late—happy day!
Well, kind of. Harriman is probably still recovering from the blindsiding breakup, but at least she’s able to find humor in her situation, and keep her grades up along the way.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.