Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Dollars, Democracy, and Do-Overs
Image from flickr.
I bought one of those big books that lists hundreds of scholarships ranging from five hundred to tens of thousands of dollars hoping there would be one or two I could apply for. Some are random drawings just for registering on a website, online quiz competions, or essay contests. I'll probably apply for those. Would you believe there are two awarded for blogging? There's one that states "applicants must maintain blogs with unique and interesting information". I'll have to apply and see if they think I'm unique and interesting since they are offering awards of up to $10,000! If that's not an incentive to keep blogging, I don't know what is.
I also believe using my blog as a prewriting exercise is paying off, so that's another reason to continue. For my first Humanities discussion I received 15 out of 15 possible points. I was able to type over 600 words in less than an hour for my second discussion on democracy. Among other questions, I had to answer:
Why might anyone hate freedom?
How much trouble should be taken to give democracy to other people?
What should be done if people freely vote away their freedom?
I did make brief notes as ideas occurred to me, so I didn't really begin the assignment at the last minute even though I didn't start typing until the morning the assignment was due. Is that really procrastinating, or is it taking advantage of all the time given?
I received an 81 on my first English Comp paper. At first, I was disappointed. Then I discovered I received the second highest grade in our class. I guess it wasn't so bad after all. I can revise it for up to 10 additional points. I started too many sentences with the word "they" and it "reads like bullet points". She also thought I could use more sophisticated vocabulary and phrasings. I need to rephrase and use bigger words. I do like that she specifies exactly where and why she took off points. Not every instructor will do that.