Sometimes, though not terribly often, I’m stunned by the audacity of some of my students. I see a real disconnect between their perception of their performance and the reality, and here’s yet another shining example (I only edited to change his name and any identifying references):
I was just wondering if the grade posted on blackboard is the final grade? It says I received a D, however when I add up all the grades that I received, even putting in worst possible case for the letter grades posted ie. 80 for a b-. Also, it says I received an ” – ” for my personal narrative, but I have the paper right in front of me and you gave me an A on it writing “Louis, This is a good paper. you do a nice job of the “before and after” and though there are a few places I’d encourage you to trim and tighten, those aren’t enough to detract from your message A” I then added up all the grades that you posted and I got 960/1162 which is about an 83% then I added a 95 which is about an A for the personal narrative and It comes out to be 1053/1162 which is about an 91%. I don’t understand why I have a D? the whole reason I took this class again was because I received a D or D+ freshmen year. Retaking this class and getting a B is, quite frankly, embarrassing. I understand that the English department has a 3 absent rule. And to get a D from a A- I would have to skip a total of 11 classes and I don’t believe I did. On the chance that I am wrong, I was very sick for a lot of this semester for some reason and I’m not saying it’s right, but I have already taken this class. I have gone through most of this material before and it isn’t like I skipped the home work. Yes I truly am sorry that I handed home work in late, but due to the power outage it put me a week behind and with intro to chemical engineering I was backed up with a copious amount of work and stress. I know I have to prioritize my work and not make reasons for why things happen and take responsibility for these mishaps, but there are reasons for everything and that’s why things happen. I’m a Junior in college already working my butt off with everything, just wishing I worked harder my freshmen year so that my GPA didn’t prevent me from getting into [LU's school of business]. I need a 2.9 in the class and I was kicked out of business stats because one of my credits from [LU's satellite school] did not transfer as the pre req that I needed. I had to take the pre req this sem and if I get a B+ in english and a B+ in econ and hopefully a C in intro to chem engineering I will still be short with a 2.89. I’m very stressed about everything because I already know I’m going to graduate late unless I do a full semester during the summer and Jterms, which I can’t because I need to get internships in for money and work experience because getting a job in this economy is super super hard from what I have heard.
P.S. I know this sounds kiss ass, but i really thought your english class was a lot more fun than mine freshmen year. I had a three hour lecture once a week and it was just so dry. Your class was much more entertaining and I got a lot more out of it than my freshmen english class. so thank you
I swear to God, you guys; I can’t make this shit up.
Edited to include: Here’s my response to Louis:
Louis, you were correct in that I missed updating your personal narrative grade. I did that, and the result was that your grade increased to a C-. Given the number of classes you missed and the number of assignments you turned in late, that is an entirely appropriate grade.
To which he replied:
Fair enough, I’m guessing there’s nothing I can do to change my grade now.
And then followed up with THIS gem:
I’m also just was wondering from someone who is around colleges all their life. What’s the point of putting all this stress upon myself? Why do I go into debt just to be able to get a job to get myself out of it?
A Curious Student,
I’m not planning on responding to this last bit….