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13 Jun 2011, 3:45 pm

I decided to take my History and Government classes online this summer specifically in order to avoid getting on my instructors' bad side. Then, I found out I'd have to write discussion posts and an essay. I hope I do better on the essay, because I think I just blew it in my history class. The instructor asked that we write about a new Texas law which allows concealed carry permit holders to carry handguns on college campuses, saying whether we think this is a good idea or a bad idea, and how it will affect our lives, and I responded with the following...

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Regarding people carrying concealed weapons on college campuses, I find it extremely unlikely that it will affect my life in any way. As I understand the law, permit holders must conceal their weapons, so no one should ever know who has decided to carry one. The chances of my dying on my drive out to campus greatly exceed my chances of dying from a gunshot wound, and even more so dying by a rampaging gunman. In any case, I feel confident in my ability to beat the odds in either situation. This law will provide those who like to argue about gun rights with a new frontier, thus vastly enriching their lives.


I just couldn't help myself. How can I stop doing this???


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13 Jun 2011, 5:30 pm

When you go to type out stuff, do it in Notepad first. Then when you've gotten all that stuff out, go and do the real one. I actually do this sometimes, I find it quite helpful. It's really the act of typing it out that satisfies the need, you don't actually have to post it.

Also, online teachers don't give two shits. You can pretty much post anything as long as it's more than one sentence. I took online "science" and it was the easiest thing ever.


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13 Jun 2011, 9:23 pm

Jones, that's a great response. If I were the professor, I'd be thrilled to have such a thoughtful student in my class.

Many students just write what they think the instructor wants to hear, which is boring. Others plagiarize and you can tell right away. I think your writing is original and interesting.



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13 Jun 2011, 9:54 pm

I hope one of you got it right. Thanks for the reassurance, anyway.

I will try saving my draft in Notepad, doing something else, then reading it again later.


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15 Jun 2011, 6:07 am

CindyDale wrote:
Jones, that's a great response. If I were the professor, I'd be thrilled to have such a thoughtful student in my class.

Many students just write what they think the instructor wants to hear, which is boring. Others plagiarize and you can tell right away. I think your writing is original and interesting.


I also really like your response. It's well thought out and logical, and as far as I can tell, 100% correct.

I suppose it depends whether your professor likes original thought or not. When I was at university my professors were split roughly 50/50 on whether they encouraged unusual thought and original answers, or whether they expected you to merely regurgitate what they had told you in class.



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15 Jun 2011, 7:31 am

I don't see anything wrong with your reply. As previous poster said, your instructor will probably be pleased that you made a thoughtful (and grammatical) response to the question, and may ever get a laugh out of that last line.



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15 Jun 2011, 7:55 am

I guess I freaked out over nothing. The instructor replies to all the posts, and his reply to mine suggests that he found my response interesting. I just want to try to approach this college experience as a way to learn how to interact with people in a more socially normal way, and I felt like I let my iconoclastic tendencies take the reins when I wrote that reply. I'd like to try giving people what they want rather than what I think they need.


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15 Jun 2011, 5:56 pm

Jones,

You are great the way you are. IMO, in most cases, authenticity has more appeal than phoniness.



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15 Jun 2011, 6:31 pm

CindyDale, thank you for saying so, and I agree, but I think I can get even better. :wink: I won't give up iconoclasty, but I want to control my behavior rather than having my habits control me.

Thanks to everyone, btw, for the positive critiques of my paragraph.


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15 Jun 2011, 6:40 pm

I don't believe you ought to change your writing style. But if you want to go through the exercise of controlling your habit instead of it having control of you, my solution was to write TWO answers, the real answer and the "academic" answer. I'd turn both of them in, and tell the professor to grade the one he liked better. I guess that was weird of me, but not one of them ever complained, and afterwards they'd do me little favors since my name always stuck out in their memory as the two-answer girl.

BTW I agree your answer was 100% correct. I always use the same reasoning when people tell me it's dangerous to walk alone after dark, etc., and they are always astonished at the logic no matter how often I've told them.