Archive for October, 2006

GRADES – The Good, Bad, and Ugly

I took the liberty of copying and pasting this fantastic blog entry from my friend Lola’s blog on MySpace – go check her out at – she’s the BOMB!! Love ya L!

Posted by Lola
Current mood: sympathetic
Category: School, College, Greek

Receiving a low grade at the end of a course is upsetting, granted. Yet, for some reason, even when we know we have not been completing assignments and/or producing low quality work, we are shocked and appalled by low grades. Some go as far as to blame the instructor for the low grade. Why? Particularly when it comes to a final grade, the only person responsible is you! The instructor is not there to chase you around, and continuously create second chances and extra credit to insure you pass the class. Trust me, it is very difficult to find a teacher who is “out to get you”; and if you have been unfortunate enough to find one, why on earth did you remain in the class?

As a future teacher, I can tell you that (most) instructors are really there to help you, they want to help. Trust, they are not there for the money.

We all need to take responsibility for ourselves and our grade.

So here is a list of things you can do to secure a good grade.

· Turn in quality assignments on time

· Keep track of your grade

· Communicate any difficulties with the instructor; remember they are here for you!

· When in doubt, ask the instructor to specify what they are looking for in assignments.

· Ask the instructor to clarify any grade you are not happy with, in a respectful manner.

· Be in good standing with the instructor (it’s not grade grubbing, but it can be the difference between a “+ B” and an “- A”)

If you have done all these and still find yourself with a low final grade, then yes that bitch was out to get you, and you need to appeal.

PS: Teacher, instructors and professors rock!

What Would You Do?

if there was an earthquake, or a flood, or a fire, or any other type of disaster – natural or not?

I never gave much thought to this, except to think, “Wow, we really need to get a few extra water bottles” when our deliveries were scheduled to arrive.

But, about a year ago, for my Leadership program, I asked a dear friend to speak at the session on Public Safety. What I learned from her was invaluable. Now, I know you’re probably thinking “Oh, that won’t happen” or “I’ll be fine”, or something like that – I know, because I thought and sometimes still think that same way. So, I won’t ‘lecture’ on this, but I will share the top five important tips I learned that day. It might save your life or the life of someone you know.

1) ALWAYS carry a WHISTLE with you at all times – preferably on your keychain – and remember: 1 for ‘yes’ and 2 for ‘no’.
Why? A whistle can be heard louder than your voice when calling for help and it lasts longer than your voice – trust this, as it’s coming from someone who gets laryngitis regularly:)

2) ALWAYS carry a FLASHLIGHT with you at all times – preferably on your keychain – and remember: 1 for ‘yes’ and 2 for ‘no’.
Why? A flashlight beam is seen easier in the dark than someone waving their hands or a piece of fabric

3) ALWAYS carry a FLASHDRIVE with you at all times – preferably on your keychain.
Why? You can put all your important information on it: driver’s license, ssn, medications, medical history, medical record numbers/insurance information, emergency contact information – names, addresses, and numbers of family members, credit card number(s), etc. Anything you think you may need in case of an emergency that can help you obtain food, shelter, medicine.

4) ALWAYS carry at least $50 CASH with you at all times – preferably in a waterproof container on your keychain.
Why? Because the ATM’s might not work and how else are you going to get funds to help you survive?

5) ALWAYS have some sort of EMERGENCY PLAN
Why? It’s always a good idea to have an evacuation plan or just knowing who to call or where to meet to know everyone is accounted for and okay.

Well, that’s it – it sounds pretty simple, huh? Well, that’s because it is! Your safety should not be complicated – it should be simple for you to take care of yourself.

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