This semester is still shaping up to be pretty easy. I aced my first assignments so I am off to a great start. This week we are learning about the history of social media and the differences in how adults and teens use social media. We are also discussing the basic social media skills any social media manager needs.
This week I started a Social Media course at school. The workload is so much less than it was for the Context of Writing. It’s a relief considering it’s summertime. That amounts to lots of extra time. Free time is a blessing for most people. When you are a busy college student with a family and a job, it’s even more so.
So what does one do with such a blessing? Pester the Financial Aid Office at my school because I still don’t have my award for the next “school year” which for me starts in ten weeks. I attend Southern New Hampshire University and their school years are individually assigned per student. At SNHU, the financial aid school year is based on when a student enrolls in order to get the most financial assistance from the fewest sources. As a not-for-profit institution, they actively try to ensure students don’t end up in more debt than is absolutely necessary to complete school. The downside to this system is that students don’t get their award notification until just a few weeks before it’s due to start. It makes it hard to tell what to plan for in the coming terms. It’s always nice to know how much money will be available per term so students can plan ahead for how many classes they can afford to take at a time.
One of the weird things about taking online classes is that there are no traditional breaks. For people that are used to having a holiday, spring, and summer break it can take a while to adjust to the year-round schedule college online demands.
This is my ‘week’ off. And by week I mean that technically we have five days off.
My last day of my Context of Writing course was Tuesday, I finished with the A I needed. The paper took eleven days to grade. I received a perfect score, 200/200. I cannot even begin to explain how relieved I am over it, knowing my GPA will be back up to an A.
So last week’s battle with writing student math got far more complicated than it needed to be shortly after my last article was turned in for publication. Within 72 hours my grades were totally turned upside down.
As I mentioned, I emailed my professor to get clarification on my Peer Critique grade. I emailed her on Wednesday and got an almost immediate response telling me she’d look into it and get back to me within 24 hours. I heard nothing. So I kept working on my paper and got it to a point I felt proud of. I submitted it on Sunday when it was due and emailed my professor to touch base. She got back to me a few hours later telling me her power had been out due to bad weather and she’d look into it that day. In under 30 minutes she replied saying “I clicked the wrong buttons in the rubric for your grade. My apologies. It is updated now.” The correction bumped my grade up to an A. It changed the needed grade on my paper to get an A in the course from a 90 to an 83. It’s mildly annoying at best.
Let’s discuss math, specifically writing student math. For some students, their grades don’t matter as long as they are passing with a high enough GPA to keep any financial aid they qualify for. Ultimately, most post-collegiate employers don’t care what your GPA was as long as you have your degree. I am decidedly not one of those students. I anguish over my grades and take a lot of pride in the hard work that goes into a high GPA.