|"I'm here for my conference.|
What do I get?"
- What's with all the "titles that are both italicized and enclosed in quotation marks"? I've had scattered sightings for a year or two, but suddenly, they're epidemic. I even saw one "title that was italicized, enclosed in quotation marks, and underlined." The easier it gets to look up this sort of rule, the less students seem to follow it.
- Most interesting typo: The Carbuncle For Higher Education (no quotation marks, italics, or underlining. Must be spell check, right? So has spell check been reading Sherlock Holmes lately?)
- Smell count: halitosis: 1, b.o.: 1, Axe (or similar): 3 (all male). I much prefer the halitosis and/or b.o.
- It's a bit awkward, isn't it, when you write a paper that makes a bunch of fairly extreme assumptions about the habits (or lack thereof) of the overweight and obese, and your proffie turns out to fall in the (latter) category? Yet another peril of online classes. Ah, well; we'll both survive, and you'll pass; I'm pretty good at analytical detachment, and pretty thick-skinned, and it's not like I haven't heard any of what you wrote before. But I'm curious: do you really have no fat friends or relatives? I had the impression that you've never discussed the topic with a fat person before, and were downright shocked to find yourself doing so. We're not exactly hard to find these days, you know, even in the gym, on the walking trails, at the pool, etc., etc. And yes, we might even share your enthusiasm for such activities, and for cooking with fruits, veggies, fish, et al. Shocking, I know. Well, at least college is widening your horizons, even if you're grimly determined it won't widen your body.
- Narcissism award: no, my dear, the poor beleaguered souls who are going to read some of the student projects for assessment purposes are not likely to be so amazed by "excellent work" that they search out the creator of same and award a prize or whatever it is you were envisioning. Besides, (1) the work is anonymized before being assessed, and (2) your project is not "excellent." In fact, as I tried to point out as gently as possible, your introduction is a stellar example of circular reasoning, and your thesis currently boils down to "on examination of some examples of the phenomenon, the unsurprising observation with which I opened this paper turns out, in fact, to be true." It'll pass, yes (if/once you finish it), but that's about it. And you may be a bit surprised by the written comments I returned with your draft. When I realized within 3 minutes of the beginning of the conference that you were going to counter the slightest criticism I made with a long explanation of why your way was, in fact, best, I decided to stick to making suggestions for how you might approach the second, unfinished, part of your draft. I did add a few written suggestions for what you shouldn't be doing before uploading the file to the LMS. I'm sorry if that hurts your self-of-steam, but it's my job, and you do still have a thing or two to learn about academic writing.