Thursday, April 13, 2006

My First B+

I got my grade in my Old Testament class today. My professor emailed me and would you believe, he first apologized for having to give me a grade in the first place. He said that he felt that any grading scale was somewhat subjective and could never really measure what a person had learned, but he was forced by the institution to assign a grade. He then said that he felt that I had done solid B+ work but wanted my input before he sent my grade to the registrar.

To be completely honest, I had a real struggle with the assignments in this class. He had us reading 50 pages of text and then asked us to write a 300 word synopsis of what we had read. How can one be thorough and still stay within a 300 word limit? There were times when I intentionally went over the word limit to test him, and got called on the carpet for it, and then when I stayed at or near 300 words I would be challenged for leaving out pertinent facts.

So I emailed him back and said that I would be completely satisfied with a B+, and told him that I had learned much more than the assignments would ever be able to show him. I am just so happy that this class is over. I learned so much but the work was killer.

For the last five or six classes I have said each time that one of these days I was going to get a B instead of the steady stream of A's and A minuses. I am really happy that it was a class that I feel the grade was completely deserved. I don't think I did A level work this time around. I was struggling most of this semester with my health problems, or the problems I am having at work. My head just wasn't totally in this class as it has been in other classes.

So, I'm not perfect, what a shock!


1 comment:

Mark Mossa, SJ said...

The 300 word weekly paper is a big thing here at Weston also. It drives me crazy!, for the very same reason. I'm sure some people find it helpful, but it doesn't do much for me.