Hi everyone my name is Sumedha. I am a freshman and Thursday was my first day in college. My first day went really well and I can’t wait to see what else Queens College has to offer. I am a huge fan of psychology. I find it very interesting. I love to learn new topics about it. This semester I hope to improve my writing skills. I am a fairly good writer but I hope to improve throughout this semester. One thing I love about English classes are the discussions. I love a good class discussion on a reading assignment or any topic. I look forward to the rest of the semester.
Hello, my name is Jiewen Ying. l came here several months ago. l’m a transfer student, and it’s my first semester in Queens College. My major is Computer Science.
l want to improve my writing in the class since it’s not easy to use a second language to write. l need to make effort to reach my goal,and l hope all of us can finish your’s at the end of semester.
Hello, my name is Celina, I am from the Dominican Republic. This is my first semester as a transfer student in Queens College, I am pursuing my 2nd bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I enjoy studying anything that requires analysis, and further discussion. I really enjoy defending and supporting my ideas.
I consider that my main weakness in writing is that since English is my second language, I struggle a lot to express my ideas in paper due to my limited vocabulary. However, I truthfully think that my biggest strength is that I am persistent to improve and bring to perfection my writing skills.
I am looking forward to take the most advantage of this class to improve my writing skills since this is fundamental to ensure my success in college.
Hi, my name is Yehuda. I am a transfer student here at Queens College and am interested to see how things are different here from the last institution that I attended. Currently, I am interested in the pre-engineering track offered here in Queens College. Some interests of mine include maths and moral ethics. When it comes to writing, I find that I am good at organizing ideas and keeping the focus throughout. However, occasionally when trying to convey a message to the reader, I tend to repeat myself several times. I enjoyed the discussion the class had on Thursday and look forward to future stimulating conversations.
Hello class, my name is Allen. I am a freshman in Queens College. This class was actually my first class in college. I am a biology major. I have a huge passion for medicine and hope to become a pediatrician one day. Writing has never been my strong suit but I have noticed it has improved in the past couple of years. I struggle in organization and expressing my thoughts clearly. My goal for this class is to significantly improve my writing skills. Reading is definitely of strength of mine. I find myself constantly focused on the class discussions about the texts because I feel it improves my understanding of the readings.
Hello, I’m Eryka. I came to Queens College for music education focused on voice. I enjoy thought provoking discussions; My last English and History teacher taught lessons on ethics, morals, society, and other topics along that thread and I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions we had on those topics. As a writer, I am good at organization information into almost a story (chronological order). However, I struggle finding enough information to support my focal point.
Hi, I’m Professor Savonick, the instructor for College Writing 110. I am a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, where my research focuses on literature, social justice, and educational methods (this is called pedagogy, and we’ll be talking a lot about it this semester). This is my fourth year teaching here at Queens College and I am very excited to be teaching this particular course, and to hear what you all think about some of the questions I spend a lot of time researching.
As a writer, I struggle the most with figuring out how best to organize my sentences, paragraphs, and ideas. With writing, there’s no one correct answer, but always many different possibilities. One thing I enjoy about writing is how collaborative it is: I never know if I’ve written something effective unless someone else reads it and provides me with feedback (we will be doing a lot of this in the course). The more I learn about writing, and the more I practice it, the more complex and interesting it gets.
Welcome to the class!
Welcome to “College Writing 110 – The Purpose of Education.” My name is Danica Savonick and I am the instructor for the course. I very much look forward to meeting you all this Thursday, August 25 at 4:30 pm in Kiely Hall, room 325.
Prior to our first course session, there are a few things that you can do to ensure a smooth start to the semester.
- Review the syllabus. I will be making small adjustments over the week and throughout the semester, but this should give you a general idea of what will be covered in our course. We will go over the syllabus on the first day of class, so please come prepared with questions.
- Sign up for our course website. This process can take a few days (you have to be approved for an account and then I have to approve your membership to our course group) which is why it is best to do this ahead of time. Here are the instructions, which are also available on the syllabus.
In order to blog and comment on our site, you will need to set up an account with CBOX. After this, you will login to the site using your username and login. Make sure to write these down.
- Go to the Futures Initiative homepage (futuresinitiative.org) and click “Join Us.”
- Create an account and fill out your profile. Please indicate that you are a student at Queens College registered for this course (this will expedite the approval process). You do not need to check the box marked “Yes, I’d like to create a new site.”
- Once I’ve accepted your request, you should be able to join our course group and website. Look for “The Purpose of Education” in the Group Directory and “Request Membership.”
- Once your membership has been approved, you will be able to access and post to our course site from our course webpage. If you are having difficulties posting a blog, make sure you are logged in. Please contact me if you have any trouble.
- If you haven’t already, sign up for an account with gmail. We will be using Google Documents throughout the semester, and you will need an account.
Enjoy the last few days of summer. Looking forward to a terrific semester.
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