How To Pass COM300 At Washington State University

How To Pass COM300 At Washington State University

At WSU, the scariest course on campus is COM300 — follow these 10 simple steps, and you will succeed.

Welcome to COM300!

If you are anything like me, you are probably a little terrified right now. you've heard the horror stories, the testimonies of failure, and the warnings from your peers, professors and advisors. While most of these are more or less true, I have some advice for you.

1. You can do this

I know the idea of this class is scary, and you are probably afraid of how much you are going to fail, but it will be okay. I promise.

2. You are going to get a zero

It will happen. Probably more than once. It is not the end of the world. Learn from your mistakes and move on to the next assignment.

3. Study for the quizzes

For the love of cheese, study for the quizzes. They sound easy, right? WRONG. Study for them. You'll thank yourself later.

4. Review all of your assignments

When you get your papers back, take them home and really think about all of the edits and comments. Think about how you can avoid making the same mistakes next week. Retype the assignment with all the edits completed so you can have an idea of what an "A" paper would look like. It seems tedious and like a waste of time, but it will help you so much in the long run.

5. It gets easier

In the first few weeks of this class, I was destroyed. I thought my writing career was over before it had even really begun. I complained to my friends. I thought I was a failure ... and then I started understanding. I understood my mistakes and learned how to eliminate critical errors. Don't get me wrong, this class will never be an easy course, but it does start to make sense eventually.

6. Passive. Voice. Kills. People.

Learn what passive voice is ASAP Rocky. Never use passive voice. Live in active voice. If you take away anything from this letter, remember to never, ever, under any circumstances, use passive voice ever again. Just don't do it. Please.

7. K.I.S.S.

Keep it simple stupid. Throw it back to middle school and keep your work to the point and concise. Eliminate fancy, fluffy words. Get to the point. This is news, not a Harry Potter fanfiction. This will make your work sound professional, prevent redundancy, and save your grades.

8. Never settle

You will eventually get that first "A" on a paper, but don't stop there. Keep working for better grades each time you sit down at those computers.

9. Don't overlook the simple stuff

Do not forget comma and apostrophe use, then vs. than, AP Style Rules, spelling names, and everything else you've learned in the last 13+ years of schooling.

10. This class is not the end of the world

You will get through this course and you will move on with your life. You can do it. Pay attention to details, live and breathe the AP Style Rules, learn from your mistakes, focus on one thing at a time, and you will succeed.

I know you can do it.

Best of luck,

A COM300 survivor

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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