Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hello all,
well things here are winding down. This weekend i spent eleven hours strait on my final paper, and i am very proud of it. I havent been able to post any photos because I seemed to have lost the cord that connects my phone to my computer so I cant take the pictures off my phone, but i'll be sure to do it as soon as i get home. I have a final exam tomorrow, and I'm starting to stress over it. It's not that I'm scared, but I just don't know what to expect from it. This course has been an interesting one, but I was a little disappointed in my TA. She was inexperienced, and therefore wasn't able to assist us with the text very well. She tried to steer the discussion in her own way, and didn't let us actually argue over topics. Besides that though, I loved the professor. Professor Salvatore was an amazing teacher, and outside of class he was a great man to meet and get to know. He has roots in the Bay Area besides. He was a grad student at CAL for eight years, so we were able to connect on that subject. He gave us a lecture using music yesterday showing the descent that singers over the years have had with our government, and the way that they voiced it. I am both excited and apprehensive to come home, but i can deal with that on saturday.

1 comment:

dongosney said...

Jared⎯Great to hear back from you.

I tried getting your email address from your Mom but we had some difficulties. By the time you get back we’ll have them all worked out, though.

I’m betting that your paper is as good as you think it might be and I wouldn’t worry about the Final too much. You either know it or you don’t and worrying about it doesn’t help one little bit. I’ve gone into Finals knowing everything and falling flat on my face while other times going in scared to death and coming out as a living god. Sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw.

As for your TA, though, you really need to advise the prof about her shortcomings. That’s an obligation of every student and most classes even give you forms so you can relay an assessment of the class to the prof so they know what works and what doesn’t. Even if they don’t offer such an opportunity to you, you need to let him know one way or the other. The prof needs to know that the person he hired to stand in for him in the smaller classes isn’t representing him in the way he needs.

You have a short time left back east, Jared, so you need to take care of business and get down to having a good time before you leave. Leave Ithaca with nothing but happy thoughts and dirty clothes for your Mom.

Talk to us when you get back and we definitely want to see those photos.