Ooooo, you mean I have to turn things in for a grade?Posted: February 15, 2010
President’s Day Weekend is drawing to a close, and I’m getting ready to head back to class tomorrow. It was absolutely *delicious* to get a 4-day weekend! Reminded me of last year, when day after day would pass and I had absolutely no obligations. Of course, this time I had research to do and a grant to submit.
In my English class we are getting ready to do our first essay. It’s a “logical argument”…as in there’s an issue statement and position statement, with evidence to back up the position. We’re in groups and we’re going very slowly. The class is focusing on culture, and specifically the concept “authenticity” for the time being, so my group wanted to do authenticity in the food supply. As in, a couple of people had recently seen “Food, Inc.” and were eager to translate that film into our presentation. I was on board at first, but then I noticed that our discussions were bouncing around on several issues and several positions. We needed to focus. We ended up settling on Foster Farms’ chicken — are their marketing claims authentic? It turned out even that was too tough to settle into. So we changed to Coca-Cola/Glaceau’s Vitaminwater and the authenticity of the claims they make in their marketing. You know, whether the “nutrients” they are enriching their drinks with are actually capable of functioning the way the company says they do. If you remember, the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit against parent company Coca-Cola for what it calls deceptive and unsubstantiated claims. So I had to dig up information about that over the weekend. THANK YOU, SF PUBLIC LIBRARY, I LOVE YOU!
So perhaps you intimated from the paragraph above — not only am I getting practice in clear writing again, I’m getting practice in working in a group. And let me tell you. It’s t-t-t-t-TRIGGERING!!!! I do not like confrontation. I do not like compromising when I feel strongly that I’m right. I don’t enjoy being the person who seems to be throwing up roadblock after roadblock to avoid allowing a lack of focus to maroon a project. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m incapable of successfully performing any of the aforementioned tasks. Aside from the pounding heart and flushed face, I think I do them rather well. I just don’t like it!
Also… so much PROCESSING in class discussions. Everyone has to have their say, and many times they take forever to deliver it. Many times I think, “you know what? Your story about your cat is not going to get me an A on this paper next week, pal. Save it for your therapist!” Maybe that’s why I am loving Kelly Cutrone these days — she may come off as harsh, but she knows what needs to happen to get her job done and she is not afraid to shut down dithering. There is plenty of east coast Type-A in me, for sure.
I sound like I don’t care about anyone else — not the case. I do enjoy hearing about varied experiences from varied perspectives. That’s possibly one of the more valuable things about the classroom. But…off-point is off-point.
Meanwhile, in acting class, we are working on our first scenes. It’s actually rather challenging. It’s not a nice clean set of lines… it goes like this:
A. I’m sorry
B. There isn’t much time is there
…and so on. So basically we are tasked with creating the story around the lines. Fun! But challenging.
I am totally loving my economics class. Fascinating. I understand supply and demand curves and how they interact now. Never thought I would know that!
So all is well in CCSFville for the moment! I still need to get my backstory up on here — how I decided to go back to school, how many hoops there are to jump through, but how they’re all worth it…
Peace out people!