When a ship or plane is in trouble, its pilot sends out a standard distress signal:
This isn’t something some guy thought up last minute and was like “oh this’ll get their attention on the ol’ wireless!”
It’s planned out well ahead of time.
If you’ve ever been on a plane, you know the first thing they do is walk you through what to do in case of emergency.
Now hopefully your academics aren’t in a mayday situation, but it’s honestly not a terrible idea to plan for the inevitable curveballs life will throw at you.
As a teacher, we often plan “emergency sub plans,” constructive things for our classes to do if we somehow can’t make it in last minute.
Do the same thing as a student. If you have a tendency to get sick, draft up those emails to your teachers now. Write up a checklist of who you need to text to get notes from if you wake up with a blinding headache and can’t make it to class that day. Plan a day or two of wiggle room into each large assignment because you never really know if you’ll need them.
Come up with your own “mayday” plan, and it’ll make your life a lot less stressful when (not if!) you actually need it.