7 Thank You's For My English Teachers

7 Thank You's For My English Teachers

Thanks for putting the "lit" in literature.
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Since I am an English major with teacher endorsement, I decided to write a special thank you letter for my English teachers that molded me into the woman I am today. I am so grateful for each and every one of you as you showed me that literature was lit! I love you guys!

My life, from the very start, revolved around books. My parents encouraged me to read as often and as much as I possibly could. That love of literature, however, was cemented when I reached junior high and high school. It was in the awkward years of my life that I determined what I wanted to be for the rest of my life, and I have my English teachers to thank for it.

Thank you for never saying I was thinking "too deep."

I was never the ordinary thinker in any of your classes. But that ability to think on a much deeper level than most others made me into the English major I am today. Not only has it helped my mindset, but my world view, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Thank you for presenting literature in a unique way

My whole world view was drastically altered because you presented stories in a unique way. I think that the ability to examine something for more than its surface value is something that I carry with me today.

Thank you for encouraging me to imagine.

It was in the walls of your classrooms that I found out that there were no walls on my imagination. I found immense solace in knowing that I could create something that would someday resonate with the masses. It may have just been an idea in my head, but through my imagination, you inspired me to dream.

Thank you for testing me and pushing me to my limits.

Yes, your classes would sometimes make me cry at the workload or constructive criticism. But in the end, I can look at old papers and not cringe all that much because of it. While some things in your classes may have seemed like too much at the time, it only made me a better reader and writer today.

Thank you for showing me that my passion was a talent.

Before entering an English class, I thought that writing was just something that I liked to do. When I had you all as teachers, I found that it was something that I was actually good at. I am still working on becoming a better writer, especially creatively. However, your patience encouraged me to explore a side of myself that I did not know existed.

Thank you for being the best role models a girl could ever ask for.

While some memories were ones that I wish I could forget, the memories in your classes will be ones that I will forever cherish. You made learning fun, and class a time that I looked forward to. When I tell my future students about my time in junior high and high school English classes, it will be easy to name you as my role models.

Thank you for watching me grow into the person I am today.

Whether that be in or out of the classroom, your diligence and persistence never failed. I owe so many things about myself to you and your classes. I don't know if I will ever be able to put into words the impact you have had on my life.



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8 Ways To Get Through An 8 A.M. Class Without Immediately Feeling Like Dropping It

With these tips you won't start skipping class or end up making it more difficult to pass.
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8 a.m. classes — the most dreaded time slot. What every college student dreads having to take. Unfortunately for us, those classes are sometimes impossible to avoid. In those situations, it can be hard not to resent having to take the class. And when that happens, you can start skipping class and end up making the class more difficult to pass and get through.

Luckily, there are some pretty simple ways to make eight in the morning classes easier to handle:

1. Set your alarm across the room.

This might be a tip you've heard before but, seriously, it works. If you set your alarm on your phone and put it across the room, it forces you to get up and out of bed in order to turn it off. There's no easy way to just roll over, turn off the alarm, and fall back to sleep. 90% of the challenge with 8 AMs is waking up and getting out of bed.

2. Pre-prepare snacks.

Especially if the class goes for two hours or longer. Snacks are a great way to keep your attention and energy up throughout the class. Even if it's something as simple as a granola bar or a banana! Something to munch on will make the class so much more bearable.

3. Make sure you eat breakfast!

Speaking of food... start the day off right with some breakfast, even if the day is starting early. Grab an apple, make some toast, something to get yourself going. If you go to class hungry, you're a lot less likely to be able to pay attention.

4. Invest in your favorite caffeine!

Struggling to stay awake in your early morning classes? Grab a cup of coffee or some tea. If you can, make it at home and bring it in a thermos! That way you'll know it was made the way you like it and you'll save a bit of money!

5. Make a friend in class!

Not only will this give you a reason to be excited to go to class, it will also hold you accountable to going on those days you really don't want to. If you make a friend in class, you won't want to abandon them and skip it! Plus, you guy can keep each other awake.

6. Don't procrastinate the work!

Okay, so this could apply to any class you're taking whether it's an 8 a.m. or not. But it's especially important for 8 a.m. classes! The more prepared you are when you have to go to the class, the better. You'll feel less stressed out and more prepared to go to class and get stuff done.

7. Plan out your outfit the night before!

Seriously, this saves so much time and stress in the morning. And plus, it's so easy. Just set out your clothes the night before and there will be no worrying about your outfit. Just roll out of bed, slip on your clothes, and you're ready to go.

8. Put in some face time with the professor!

If you speak and meet with the professor, they'll be more likely to recognize you in class and notice when you're not there. This will hold you accountable to attending when you want to skip and spend an extra couple hours sleeping!

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Is The Credit/No Credit Option Enough For Students?

What is wrong with the CUNY grading system?
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As a student for almost 17 years now, I can say there are several ways to understand a subject. Sometimes you go to tutoring for a one-on-one with the teacher. Other times you study on your own and use flashcards. Other times you study with a group. Or all of these options. SOMETHING has to work, right?

Wrong.

In grade school, sometimes, even if you fail all the tests in the class but you do all the homework, show up, and participate, you'll pass the class. Not so much in college, especially at a CUNY. I've experienced all types of classes. Specifically, in a science class, I found it very hard to digest information and understand the concepts enough to pass the class, even with maximum effort.

So what happens when you know for sure you will not pass the class?

Well, there is something called a Credit/No Credit form. It is basically a form that saves your GPA in case it is too late to drop the class. If by before the final exam, you know for sure that either you are going to get a super low grade or you'll fail, you have the option of filling out this form. If you do fail, it will come up as NC (No Credit) and it won't factor in your GPA.

The bad thing about the form is that if you use it and get a no credit, you still wasted an entire semester of your time and you still had to pay for the course. Also, there is a limit in Hunter College that you can only use it for 4 courses. This I find to be preposterous because you don't know how many classes you will take that put you in a predicament, when you have no choice but to decide to drop them in the middle of the semester or you get an F.

Now, what happens when you get an F? For the most obvious part, it brings your GPA down. I would advise, even though I didn't follow it myself, if you have time, to retake that course. Pick a different teacher. Because if you get an F, you get an option of retaking the course. Anything higher than an F, say a D, is your problem. But if you do retake the course and get a higher grade, your GPA will go up. It is worth it if you have the time to retake the course.

What I don't like about the system is that after you have finished with your Credit/No Credit forms, you have to drop the class and settle for a W (Withdraw) if you think you are failing. The W won't affect your GPA, but it also won't look good. I feel that we should have more Credit/No Credit forms because it does nothing to the school financially if we fail a class. We are still failing the course, we just don't have to spend the rest of our college career making up for one class by getting higher grades in other classes.

It just does not make sense why we have a limit. Even if this encourages us to try to do better, it still won't affect the result. If you are struggling in one area of the core requirement, no matter what class you take it won't look good on your grades. A possible suggestion would be to let us use however many Credit/No Credit forms we need or not requiring all areas of the core requirement. If it is a subject that is not in our career path and we are struggling to pass it, it really should not even be required. The CUNY system, or at least, Hunter College, needs to take a look at this policy again.

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