Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Why Would He Do That?

Considering it had been a long day in the classroom, I knew that my masters class would be a challenge. Not just because I had a 3-4 page paper due, not only because I was co-directing the discussion on an article what I was supposed to have access to a week before class and got it the day before class, and not only because I was exhausted from staying up past midnight several nights in a row  to work on said paper, but mostly because I simply can not understand a word that is said by the professor.
Class went okay. I did enjoy visiting with some friends on Google Wave- that made the evening go much more smoothly. The discussion went okay. We were supposed to be in charge, but really only got to say about three words each before the prof. would take over the discussion.
But here is the clincher, as we were leaving (almost an hours early- the one bright spot of the evening) he informed us that he decided to change the deadline for the paper (which was kind-of okay, however I was frustrated that he did not tell us sooner as I had been staying up late and was exhausted). The part that really got my knickers in a twist was that he then decided to tell us what he wanted in the paper...5 days after he gave us the case study to write about- HE TOLD US WHAT HE WAS EXPECTING! I am furious! I had spent HOURS working on this paper. I had it DONE, just needed to tweak some parts. I went from furious to depressed. I spent another 2-3 hours trying to tweak what I had done to match his new expectations. I finally decided that what I had would have to do because I was losing my ability to clearly think about adding any new material to my paper.
Thankfully a good friend offered to edit it again for me. I gratefully accepted the offer knowing that this was a life-line being tossed in my direction. I can only hope that it will work out in the end. I will keep you posted on how I do. I have a second 1 page paper due Tuesday as well. I need to working on that one as well.
I guess these are things that will help me be a better and stronger person. I know I will survive this class and that I will graduate May 6th and be done! Now THAT is a great thought!



  1. Since graduation is only a month away - then yay!!! you should be wrapping up papers and other things and just have final test and then graduation. I know you will make it through the next few weeks relatively unscathed, stronger and better. Go, Mr. Hughes - hang in there - E :)

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  3. So long as you do your best, nothing else matters. And even if it’s not to his liking, o well—he’ll get over it. May is a mere few weeks away, so just hang in there. Remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And imagine how wonderful it will feel to have completed everything—for good!

  4. I hope that the paper was accepted and was awesome.

    One thing that stuff like this does is gives me empathy for my students when I change up an assignment on them when part of them have already completed it...

    You, my friend, are awesome.


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