Fall 2008 Wrap-up: Grade Results and Other Nonsense

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Well, the fall quarter is over and much has happened in the last few months. From school to, well, more school, to my stack of review books getting taller and taller, it’s been a busy three months! So, to keep you all up to date (under the delusion or assumption that you all actually care), here is a quick wrap-up of Fall 2008:

  • School started and ended.
    • Took three courses (two upper division and one grad course): LTEL 160 — Postcolonial Writing, LTPR 131 — Love and Madness in Medieval Literature, and LTMO 219 — Feminist and Queer Theory.
      • Grades:
        LTEL 160 — A
        LTPR 131 — B+
        LTMO 219 — A-
        • How do I feel about those grades?
          I’m happy with the A, generally happy with the A-, and not surprised by the B+. I’m not a medieval literature person, so the fact that I got a B+ and not a standard B is probably a good thing. I find analyzing older texts rather tedious and pointless. That’s why I’m a modern literature major and not a classics major. I’ve heard most of the arguments about medieval literature before. The A- was actually not bad considering that it was a graduate school course rather than a standard course. I did remarkably well and learned a few things both for my writing and for my brain. Plus, my professor for that course was awesome.
  • Took the GRE (Graduate Record Exam, or the test you have to take in America if you want to go to an American graduate school!).
    • The results?
      Quantitative — 650
      Verbal — 550
      Analytical — Not Available
      My reaction?
      Well, I killed on the quantitative and did well enough on the verbal. Overall I was pleased with my score.
  • Humanities Undergraduate Research Award won!
    • $500 coming my way to spend the next six months or so doing research for a paper. I’m hesitant to say it will have a definite length primarily because the more I think about this project, the more I am aware that it won’t fit into anything shorter than a full-length book of literary criticism. So be it!

I suspect that that pretty much covers everything. Anything I’m missing that I failed to mention?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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