Wednesday, February 18, 2009

is senioritis a real diagnosis?

For the first time in a long time I received feedback on a presentation that said "you could do much better than this!" yes, with the exclamation point. I know its a little thing, but I was heartbroken. My partner and I put solid effort into the presentation, and the teacher even admitted that our presentation was "excellent." All the students were very complementary and, not to sound prideful but honestly, our presentation was significantly better than the other two. His concern? We didn't follow the directions for the handout/paper. Our concern? He didn't give us directions for the handout/paper. How were we supposed to know what to do? We broke away from the standard "regurgitate your presentation into a brochure/handout" and attempted to involve the students in the learning process by having them fill out a worksheet. Unfortunately, our creativity was not welcomed. Not to mention that the syllabus ONLY mentioned a presenation, which we did, and did succesfully. The paper/handout were briefly mentioned in class. Can we really be held responsible for something he never gave us criteria about? Anyway, i could vent about this for a whole blog, but that would be boring for you, so i won't. I'll move on.

Our attempt of creativity in this project was a minor attempt to cure my already overwhelming senioritis. I graduate in April and i'm losing motivation fast in all my classes/job/internship. It doesn't help that i'm getting married and planning a wedding at the same time. I'm sure you can guess which is more fun to do. Its too bad that the burnout i'm feeling (otherwise diagnosed as senoritis) can't be cured by changing things up a little (a typically effective way to deal with burnout) because the education system is all about doing what the teacher expects you to do. It's just too bad.

As you can probably guess, I'm ready for a change of pace. Ready to do something new with my life. Ready to start a job and find the passion that my education has been fostering for the last few years. I think one of the reasons i'm most excited to get a job is the amazing amount of down time i will get to experience. Brigham Young may or may not have said (i heard it in a class, but can't find the reference) "Eight hours of work, Eight hours of play, and eight hours of rest make for the perfect day." I concur! Unfortunatley unless work = class, homework= play and rest= time with friends, i don't see how it is possible to meet this ideal formula. Hopefully it will be easier when i have an 8 hour a day job that doesn't require homework. One can only hope! Unfortunatley, Brett will still be in school. This means he'll be busy with the homework aspect and I'll be left to entertain myself. We'll see how that goes.

Time to wrap up. Although I took an hour nap from 8-9 to rid myself of the headache that the presentation feedback/grade produced, i'm tired again. I may be sick with more than senioritis. I'm always tired these days. But I will write more later. Valentines. Trip to portland. Wedding plans. etc. Be excited!

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Draper 1st Ward Relief Society said...
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Brittany and Robert Thistle said...

HEY! I def have senioritis! We are almost done!