September 21, 2005

A message to my Drama as Literature class

I happened to run into Dr. Jerz in the hallway, and we had a "heart to heart" about classes, blogging, and life in general. BTW, I recommend that to everyone--it's a good feeling to talk to a professor because you want to, rather than because you have to. Anyway, I brought up my feelings about everyone in my drama class and he encouraged me to share my thoughts with everyone. It's a little mushy and corny, but all these feelings are sincere...

Coming into this class, I was a little insulted. Here I am, a senior, taking a freshman class. Needless to say, I felt I was a little above and beyond the work and class. After talking in class and blogging and getting acquainted...simply, you guys are great. Everyone is smart and funny and I really look forward to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Without sounding like an old maid, I've been where you guys are. Freshman year was my most exciting, but probably the scariest. I just want you guys to know that you're doing a great job and you should be proud of the work you're doing. Everyone's ideas are clever and fresh, so discussion is exciting and I just love it. Yes, I know I'm a sap, but it's slowly hitting me that I'll be out of school soon and I'm going to miss this place; all I'll have is memories.

When I was a freshman, I wished for someone (not my parents or faculty) to encourage me and give me a boost every now and then. I just wanted someone to say, "You're doing great. Keep up the good work. You're going to make it." So I'm giving to you what I couldn't: if anyone needs anything, please let me know. I don't want to preach or patronize anyone, but I've been where you are and I would love to able to help you. Midterms are coming up soon and the proverbial s*** is going to hit the fan. I totally believe in you guys, so you'll be fine, but if it gets to be too much, feel free to come talk to me or complain or freak out. Everyone needs that from time to time. I'll guess I'll leave off now. Hope this wasn't too corny for everyone.

Oh, one more thing: to Gina & Katie...I'm proud of you, too!! I know you guys have been through a lot, so here's my love sent to you. Us old ladies have to stick together around all the youngins.

Ok, I lied, 2 more things: with midterms on the way, here's some hints to get through everything.

1. Remind yourself that you will get through everything. I still find myself spazzing about all the work & then I tell myself, "I can do this, I know I can do this." It sounds silly, but just believe and have faith in yourself. If you need some support, go to a friend.

2. Don't overwork yourself. If you work too much and get sick, things will only get worse. When I have a lot of work, I finish an assignment and then watch 1/2 of t.v. or go visit someone or call my mom. By working non-stop, my brain overloads and then I can't accomplish anything.

3. Finally, don't leave everything to the last minute. I know, I know, people always say procrastination is bad, but there is truth behind it. I work better under pressure and that works for me. Find out how you work the best--can you get everything done at one time or do you need to work ahead? You know yourself best, so work how you feel comfortable.

Posted by KatherineLambert at September 21, 2005 12:19 PM

I have to confess, Katie and I had quite the long talk this evening at supper:

we love you all. there could not be a better drama as literature group. you are all so enthusiastic and serious about your work - it seems that is rarely seen in the upper levels. AND ---- you're all so happy to be there, you know the texts, and you know what is happening - it is not like you are Sparknoting. we really had a moment over this.

and about the lamb said, don't stress out - you probably won't have them in every class. you've already read the material - so you know what is going on - it won't be that bad.

but anyway, thanks for being a lovely group of people - keep up the goodwork

and lamb, thanks for telling them :)

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 21, 2005 09:48 PM

Ode to the Katies -
A bunch of us from drama as lit are hanging out in my room right now (we are about to study for the drama terms quiz for Wednesday) and we just read this and we all wanted to thank you guys so much. I think we are all feeling a bit stressed about this blogging business for newswriting right now though! But, we will get through it like you guys say, we always have before. But, it is great to know that we seem to be doing well in your eyes (especially since I think we all seem a bit unsure of ourselves since we never get anything back in that class). So we just to say thanks! We will see you in class Wednesday!

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at September 26, 2005 08:40 PM

Thanks for posting this, Katie. I agree, the EL250 class is really great.

I think I try to be more actively encouraging in EL227, since students have variously expressed their concerns and worries about that class, but I think the level of discussion in EL250 is great.

I'm looking forward to the class discussion of Oedipus the King.

Lorin, with the CST quiz, the oral report, and the vocabulary quiz coming up, you'll be getting plenty of EL250 feedback soon.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 26, 2005 10:34 PM
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