Wednesday, April 4, 2007

By Golly...I Am Going to Graduate

I handed in my big Master's project last Tuesday and being the oh so patient person that I am waited a whole week (well almost) before emailing my professor to ask him when I would know whether or not I passed. The project is graded only pass/fail and I don't think I ever have completed failing work, but still I wanted that affirmation that it did pass. He emailed me back and said that there was one grammar mistake on my abstract that he would like me to correct and then he would submit my PASSING grade. Woohoo!! So one graduation requirement down...

The next thing I had to do was complete an online writing assignment, where I am given a prompt and have to address it within 45 minutes. I am a pretty accurate and quick typer so that didn't intimidate me, but usually I have to be in a "mood" to write and then I go back and rethink, revise, reword, and basically rewrite whole papers because...well...just because I am anal like that! So I was a little worried about the whole thing. Anyways, I went there yesterday right after school and the secretary took me to this little cubicle way back in no man's land, where she then proceeded to tell me how since they began using this new program many students were getting 4's and 5's and only one person has ever gotten a 6 (that is the highest) so just do my best and remember I only need a four to pass. Well as if I didn't have enough pressure I had to worry about a stupid computer (who was evidently one tough cookie) scoring my paper!! So I sat down, logged on, and then received my prompt..."Present your perspective on the issue below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your views. 'It is unfortunate that today's educators place so much emphasis on finding out what students want to include in the curriculum and then giving it to them. It is the educators' duty to determine the curriculum and the students' duty to study what is presented to them'." What the...I must have read that prompt twenty times trying to figure out what in the world they wanted me to say. Then I just sort of started typing and was amazed at what a smart person I am...YEAH RIGHT. I typed, erased, typed, and typed more until it told me I only had 15 minutes left in which I went into panic mode. I revised and edited and then hit submit...crossing my fingers, toes, legs, and anything else I could get crossed that I would please by the grace of God get a 4. When my score finally popped up there was a page explaining the traits of a 6 paper...of course I thought they must go through each level telling you what traits each score must demonstrate and then at the end tell you your score. Nope, this wasn't the case...I actually GOT a 6. I was ecstatic!!!

So I know, I know, it isn't nice to brag, so let's just say I wanted to "share" all the good news. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter by the day (and is supposed to be really bright in Florida next week...FYI) and I finally believe that I will be graduating in May! Thanks for everybody's support because without my friends and family I would most definitely not have gotten anywhere close to this far!!!

1 comment:

  1. Woo hoo! Way to go for you. good job. I don't know that I would know how to answer that either. What the ???
    hey, enjoy FL for me!


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