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Done As I Need To Be

On Thursday, I did my conference-style presentation for the "Capital, Class, and Music Matters" seminar. The paper for this is not due until the end of next quarter, and the professor said he'd be sending out comments on our presentations to help us with the papers. Given the upcoming holidays and the fact that he has family roaring into town, I don't think he'll be getting to those comments for a while. Since I'd written eight pages of paper before condensing that into the first part of the presentation, and since the second part of the presentation consists of copy that can go into a paper draft, I think I'm in good shape there.

On Friday, I took my jazz exam. (The same one that WF, MZ and I were studying for in the emergency room on Monday night -- believe it or not, that study session really helped me.) Two hours, and the professor for that class wanted us to write the two hour-long essays by hand. I feel really Old Skool, but I also understand with a much deeper understanding why the GMS lobbied to have Comps done on computer.

Today, I finished my Bartók paper. It's short, as the professor requested, though it's a topic that could certainly be expanded into a longer paper or a dissertation. But he was specifically looking for short -- that's why he assigned a 10 - 15 pager instead of the more seminar-length 20 - 25 pager. He came right out and said that he wasn't interested in reading 20 - 25 pages per student, especially because he had undergrad papers to deal with as well. So I gave him essentially the 12-page version of an argument that could be much longer. And there was much rejoicing.

All of which means that this quarter is basically Done.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
So are you on holidays now? What are your plans?Roll on 5.30pm next Tuesday and I'll be on mine.

I've never done an exam on computer. How high-tech ;-)
Dec. 16th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
I am indeed fully on break. The Bartók professor did the fastest grading job I ever did see -- both paper and class scored an A. Works for me.

Comps being a battery of three-hour essay exams over the course of a week, hand-writing them would not be fun! Grad students told of hands that didn't uncramp for days afterwards, and professors talked about receiving illegible scrawls for ConFounds. The computer setup is very simple. Just terminals in the library, disconnected from the Intarwebz and set up with a Word document. We can type and do a little bit of editing, but we're still doing all the thinking and citation from memory.
Dec. 16th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Hooray for you! Go relax!
Dec. 16th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I fully intend to take some days just to enjoy myself.
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, holidays! Congratulaitons! Tomorrow afternoon I'll be flying off toward mine!
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, we have earned this. You and me both, babe.
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Take a nap on my behalf to celebrate! :-)
Dec. 16th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Nap? Hell, no! Go out and play in the snow, that's more my style.
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought about the subject of writing vs. keying for essay exams these days. In my day--coff, coff--all tests were done by hand. Then again, so were many papers. If you were fancy, you might type a paper. Now, of course, I'm sure most if not all papers are done on the computer. Which would make handwriting an essay for a test that much more difficult. My hands cramp very quickly now if I write at length.

Anyways, congratulations on being on holiday! Enjoy!
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Yes, I loves me the computer keyboard for doing scholarly work!
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