I got my last PoliSci paper back with a horrendous grade, for me (88%). I looked through my paper and began thinking that this guy has some sort of power trip going on. Napolean complex, perhaps. I’m not used to having my papers shredded apart by someone who clearly doesn’t understand writing as well as he should for his level of education. I felt the paper was well organized and he thought it needed more organization. I’m definitely okay with getting some feedback for my papers even if it is constructive criticism. What I am not okay is him scratching out something I know to be fact in the writing world. Here is the sentence in question:
This is especially true for the masses in our current time because of a wide variety of social classes having access to information via modern media outlets such as cable television and the Internet.
What did he find wrong with that sentence? The capitalization of Internet.
So, I said to him after I looked through the paper, “Internet is written with a capital I.”
He said, “No, it’s not.”
I said, “It’s a proper noun.”
He said, “Even so, in most circles it is uncapitalized.”
I said, “Uh…okay.”
I really was trying NOT to be condescending, but it just wasn’t working in my tone. All I could think at that point is that he must have limited access to insufficient social circles and that I now had a better understanding of why he wasn’t married.
This is the person who is grading my papers, folks. I should wear a sign that says, “HELP ME.” I really wanted to lay into him, but realized that was futile and that I was probably hurting my chances of getting better grades if I pursued my line of reasoning. However, if that word is to be used again in a paper, I will capitalize it, as that is the way it should be written. What’s next?…telling me potato should be spelled, “potatoe.” UGH!
This class is really pissing me off. Sure, we didn’t have to buy a book, but he doesn’t give us clear objectives before reading the articles he has assigned and there is no one place that we have to access pertinent information as a reference. Honestly, if you’re not in class, you’re fucked. Even if you’re in class, the point to each class often takes the whole class to get and then you’re kicking yourself in the ass for not having written EVERYTHING down in your notes.
I sit next to a PoliSci major. In her words, “This class makes me feel dumb. I’m one year from graduation and this class makes me feel like I’ve wasted my time. I don’t need this and I could have taken something else I liked instead of this class.”
This class is literally painful to attend and thankfully it will be over in just a few weeks.