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Getting Ready to Launch

Hello and welcome to Ashland University English 100.

I am writing this on the last day of Spring semester final exam week, looking forward to a full summer and getting ready for the fall. Even in ordinary times, the summer between high school and college was confusing, frightening, and a little sad. After all, you have to leave a whole lifestyle behind and try to figure out how to become something (and someone) rather new. If you are uncertain whether it will all work, you're not alone.

The whole business with the coronavirus Covid-19 has made things even more strange and uncertain. The last day I saw my students was the day before Spring Break (March 6, 2020). We did the second half of the semester as a distance education course, with nobody on campus. I couldn't even visit my office to retrieve supplies. We really have no way of predicting how things will be in 3½ months—will we be together in class or not? I am just much in the dark as you are. So here is how we will deal with our semester together:
  • I'm going to use this blog to keep you up to date on everything I know. Take a look at it at least weekly for more information.
  • This blog will be very informal, and I hope it takes some of the edge off the "FUD Factor" (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). Being a college student at Ashland is really a great step, a lot of fun, and likely to stretch your mind in ways you would never expect. Try to enjoy it.
  • Because I don't know whether we will actually see one another face-to-face in the Fall, I'm going to set up the course as a Distance Education course—if we get to meet, so much the better. But we will have an English class one way or another.
  • This item will stay at the top of the blog, but everything else below arrives in chronological order, the newest items at the top. If you want to see older items, there's a link at the bottom of the page. You can also click the thing with three little lines (≡) in the upper right to get a side menu which will show you all the older stuff.
I'm really looking forward to this semester. I hope you are too.

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Unknown said…
I can’t wait to see how next semester goes. Staying optimistic!
-Teena Black

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