We have about two weeks left of fall semester classes, followed by finals week. Here are the CLA 1001 assignments needed by December 6:
* Attend a checkback appointment with your CLA adviser
* Drop in for the second office hour visit with your CLA 1001 instructors
* Attend your second campus event and write about your experience
* Submit reflection on the "Seeking Clues from Our Younger Years" assignment
* Submit major exploration
* Submit faculty interview write-up
* Attend part 2 of Unraveling the Libraries
The middle of t he semester is coming soon (yep, already). This is a good time to check on things you've done and should have done. There's still time to stay on track in CLA 1001 and your other classes. Use the "Track Your Progress" grid (syllabus, page 9) to make notes on where you stand. Assignments done and coming up are all great topics for conversation when you come to visit your instructors during office hours. We love to chat about this stuff!
Here's what you should have done for CLA 1001 by October 25
* Response to Dean Rosenstone's talk and the article on liberal education
* Attend and write a brief report on one campus event
* Visit Alex, Jen or Christine during office hours
* Set up an appointment with your CLA adviser
* Unraveling the Libraries, Session I
* Faculty interview assignment - Who? Why? What topics?
I hope you didn't forget that starting this week I'm off for 2.5 weeks. I'll be back for class on the 6th. If you have not yet gotten to see me in my office hour or you still need to have your second office hour visit after I return, I will resume my normal Monday 2:30-3:30 and Friday 3:30-4:30 office hour times. If those don't work for you, please email me or catch me in class on the 6th to arrange a different time to chat.
See you in a couple of weeks! Happy Thanksgiving!!! (Don't forget about your assignment over break...)
Wednesday, November 22 there is no CLA 1001 class. Most likely, you will all be preparing to spend some extra time over the long Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. As you reconnect with the people who know you best, take time to reflect on what you were like as a youngster. What do your friends and family say about you as a kid that gives you insight into what you're like now?
Read on for more information on the assignment due by December 6.
The main theme in CLA 1001 is reflecting on who we are now, so we can make plans to become who we want to be in the future. We've talked about activities, values, courses to take next semester and next year, and connecting with faculty members who can help. Here's a chance to take what you've learned in your first semester at the University and see how it connects with your personal past. Take a copy of the attached list of questions home with you at Thanksgiving and talk about them with a close friend or family member. After that, write a reflection (about 500 words, two pages, double spaced).
In your mid-term evaluations, some of you commented that the question of "Why?" keeps coming up and that it's a difficult one to answer. I definitely agree. Sometimes the answer to "Why?" doesn't become clear for a long time. Here's a chance to look back and see if you have a few answers . . . or maybe a few more questions. It's OK if some of the things you think about seem silly. Sometimes the most interesting ideas begin with silliness or just fun stuff. It's also OK if you don't have all the answers. If you have a few new questions (or old questions that you can now actually talk about), that's great!
Jen will have paper copies of this at her office hour tomorrow (Friday). I'll bring some to my office hour on Wednesday (11 a.m. to noon). You can also come to B-18 Johnston to pick up a copy. Just be sure to mention you're a CLA 1001 student looking for the Thanksgiving assignment.
I hope you'll have fun with this and that it will be a chance to look back on how you've changed . . . and not changed . . . over the last however many years.
Here are the questions:
Questions to ask family members who knew you best while you were growing up:
1. What did I like and dislike?
2. What were my gifts or talents as an infant, young child, teenager, and young adult? What did I have a knack for?
3. How did I spend my time?
4. What was my personality like? What traits did I exhibit?
5. What was I interested in?
6. What games did I play?
7. What did I want to be when I grew up?
1. What is your reaction to this information?
2. What similarities do you see in yourself today?
3. What differences do you see in yourself today?
4. How were you encouraged or discouraged from doing or being any of the things listed above?
5. Were there any experiences, situations, or events that affected any of these things? How did they affect you?
6. What clues can you find about yourself as a child, teenager, or young adult?
7. What do you think is hidden in these clues?
Spring registration is just around the corner! Does it seem too early to "think spring" when we have hardly begun winter? I think so.... None-the-less, you should be preparing to register.
When do you register, you ask? You will receive information in your U email account, but you can also check it out here. Freshmen (those with less than 30 credits complete) register in STAGE 7, starting November 27th. Never fear, this registration won't be nearly as difficult as what you experienced this summer, and you should have no problems getting into the courses that you need and want.
You should also have already seen or have scheduled your checkback appointment with your academic adviser. Appoitments are booking up and in many cases communities are booked through the end of November. Call your advising office or email your adviser to see about possibly getting an appointment. Remember that this is a required portion of this course and (if you see someone other than Christine or me) you need to let us know when you have had this appointment. If you don't let us know, we cannot give you credit!!!
Good luck, and happy spring planning! : )