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jumping into upper -level art history course? [Jul. 31st, 2009|12:11 pm]
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Last semester I took a survey in art history and I wanted to take another this fall as an elective. Although I am a senior majoring in the humanities, my experience in art history is limited to the one introductory survey I took this spring (mostly consisting of freshman).  The only art history course I will be able to take this fall is a topic that really interests me, but it's a course designated for juniors, seniors, and graduate students; so, I'm worried I might be in over my head. 

Does anyone have any advice for challenging courses in art history?  What can I expect?
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Reason # 1043 why I hate group work. [Jun. 10th, 2009|04:29 pm]
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The scenario: A summer ceramics class. Groups of three or four students were assigned by the professor to build kilns.

All three of my fellow group members are ESL, and all three speak Chinese.

So that's how they speak to each other. I have asked each and every day that they speak English when working on the group project. And each and every day they have told me that they don't know the English word, or they were "just asking for a tool" or "just doing what the professor asked them to do" etc. Completely ignoring my point that they've cut me out of the group completely.

Yes, I found something else to do. But No, I'm NOT building the main part of the kiln. And that's a huge part of this class.

I don't think it will harm my grade, I'm just pissed off and astounded at the level of absolute rudeness these students are exhibiting.
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Moderator Warning [Jun. 5th, 2009|02:34 pm]
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It has come to my attention that there is a strong possibility that a member of this group may have created a second account for the purpose of asking an anonymous question over in academics_anon. That person then proceeded to insult the members of that community and generally act like a total asshat. And to top it all off, they broke the rules of that community by deleting the post.

As per the rules of this community, acting like an ass over in Academics Anonymous will get you banned here.

I'm serious. There is no negotiation of, or voting on this rule.

There is no 100% proof that the suspected A_A asshat is in fact a member of this community, but there are a great number of clues pointing that way. Since proof is not hard set I won't ban the person at this time. However, I will not hesitate to ban them if there is another instance that even comes close to looking like this one.
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BA in Philosophy gets you.... [May. 17th, 2009|01:49 pm]
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I walked (read as: graduated) yesterday.

And now my best job prospect for the summer is being a dishwasher.

God I love education.

Anyone else?
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Grad school applications? [May. 16th, 2009|03:49 pm]
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I know I'll be making the attempt soon.

I just learned about this from a discussion in A_A. It looks pretty darn handy. Not having to manage every fiddly little detail of grad school apps would be spectacular. Having all my docs mailed out by professionals would also mean that my customary tea stains on random forms would not be a worry.


Check it out. For the service it provides, it's pretty darn cheap.
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Hello, fellow students! [May. 7th, 2009|10:06 pm]
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[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I found this community through academics_anon (as I see many other people have done as well). To introduce, I'm an elementary education major, with grandiose plans for an eventual masters in deaf education and maybe even a Ph.D. in special ed, if I can pull the cash together. I currently live in the cesspool of ignorance that is known to the world at large as middle Tennessee, and attend that area's eponymous state university. It, too, is a cesspool of ignorance.

For example, I have a professor who teaches a class called "the school health program." She is an adjunct with a doctorate and a cushy state job who refuses to respond to student emails and will not give us any other way of contacting her. We like to call her Professor Bitchface when she's not physically present.

I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and put on medication; immediately my average went from a low B to a low A. I'm starting to think I might actually manage a degree before I turn 40.

I'm currently on school hiatus following finals, but our first summer term begins next Monday and I'm taking biology. I sincerely hope I don't have to dissect anything in the lab, because I have a *very* weak stomach.

In conclusions, greetings from Planet Rainne, and are there any other education majors here?
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The results of the poll [May. 6th, 2009|12:10 am]
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The results of the poll showed that members are in favor of posting papers for comment nearly 2:1. So I've made a change to the community rules. Papers may be posted if they are f-locked and under a cut. Any paper that is not under a cut or f-locked will be deleted.

So, folks, share away!

But remember, the papers posted are the intellectual property of the original poster and should not be copied or otherwise redistributed from this forum. Except, of course, by the OP.
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(no subject) [May. 5th, 2009|01:46 am]
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According to the rules posted on this community's personal page, papers are not allowed to be posted here.

But it happened today and the world did not end.

This I am posting this community's first poll.
Poll #1395117 Posting papers for comment

Should papers be allowed to be posted here for comment by other members?

Sure! Sounds like a great idea!
Yes, but only if they're behind a cut.
Yes, but only if they're behind a cut and locked to members only.
No, posting papers is a bad idea.
I'm not sure.
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(no subject) [May. 3rd, 2009|06:03 pm]
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Wholy crap is this essay annoying....

I mean, it *needs* to be good, and it's getting there, but egads, I agree with Zizek:

I hate writing. I so intensely hate writing — I cannot tell you how much. The moment I am at the end of one project I have the idea that I didn’t really succeed in telling what I wanted to tell, that I need a new project — it’s an absolute nightmare. But my whole economy of writing is in fact based on an obsessional ritual to avoid the actual act of writing.

Anybody got advice for how to quell that little demon that goes: "this isn't what you want to be writing...no, it's not that either...nor is it that....nope, not that one either..." and it JUST NEVER STOPS!

/end rant
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Ultimate Worst [May. 1st, 2009|02:25 pm]
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Hey cats. I'm nearing the end of my BA degree, and I was wondering; what's the worst experience you've ever had with a professor? I'm not just talking about horrible professors (though, that, too). It could just be something incredibly terrible and awkward happening. My top three in no particular order, with no names or identifying information, of course:

1) A visiting prof teaching a Queer Theory class, completely obvious to the fact that the campus is already ultra-liberal. She spent the first class going on about how if this class would offend us, we should leave. Everyone just stared at her, and a few folks spent the semester trying not to laugh in her face. She kept asking us questions like, "Well, how would you feel if two girls or two guys slow-danced at one of your dances?" and didn't understand why we weren't shocked and mindblown by it. She defined "postmodernism" as "a celebration of diversity" and didn't understand why everyone ignored said definition in their papers. This lady literally believed that the very fact that homosexuals (and bisexuals) existed was incredibly brain-shattering for all of us, and that she was helping us come to terms with it. Furthermore, she was completely oblivious to other sexual orientations existing. Someone mentioned asexuality, and she basically said that sexuality is fundamentally human, so people who think they're asexual must have guilt issues or something. This, right after talking for an hour about the evils of essentialism. On the last day of class, someone got her on some stupid tangent about how revolutionary "coming out" should be. I couldn't hold it in any longer, so I said, "It's even moreso for furries." Then, the expert on human sexualities asked me what on earth I was talking about. It told her. Her face was priceless.

2) A few years back, I was talking with this guy at a philosophy conference. He apparently taught both computer science and analytic philosophy (no surprise there). I was trying to play it cool because, truth be told, I had no idea what any of the analytics at the conference were trying to say. They were utterly incomprehensible to me. *shrugs* So, I tried to get him off the topic of his talk and onto something smaller. "There aren't any more diet sodas," I said. We were in the hospitality room. He laughed, "That's because Lord Voldemort over there drank 'em all." He gestured across the room towards another philosophy person, who happened to be dressed all in black and had given some paper on Heidegger or something. Except, said person wasn't across the room. He was standing two feet away staring forlornly at the empty cooler. And he'd heard everything the guy said. He looked kind of sad, but just said, "I like Harry Potter, too, you know," as if to covertly remind the guy that he had feelings too, or something. I think he was a grad student.

3) I was in a small class of about five people. About every other day, one of the guys would doze off. I long ago learned to avoid carbs until after all my classes were done for the day, but he was tired from the meal, I guess. The professor would always force someone to wake him up, because he didn't want to do it himself, and I lived in fear of the day when it would be me. Most classes I've taken are like that - the faculty don't wanna shake the students awake. Eventually, people started sitting opposite him to avoid said task, as did I. The next time he fell asleep, I guess the prof didn't know how to ask one of us to move over and wake him, so he just clapped his hands really loud. The guy woke up blearily and swore under his breath. What made it really special was what the prof said after he woke up. "What is wrong with you, falling asleep? Bring some coffee. And I don't smell any smoke. If you smoked before class you wouldn't fall asleep like that."
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