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March 26, 2005

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Mano

I had the very unpleasant experience of being lucky enough to have my work simultaneously shaped by two seminars I was taking at the same time to such an extent that I ended up with one primary argument shaped with equal weight by texts read in both seminars. Now, normally this would have made me ecstatic; it means that I had a breadth of knowledge from all of those readings that I could negotiate as I made an argument which was very important to me (and which built on my MA essay).

I say "unfortunate" because the prof for one seminar refused to let me write on the same topic as I was writing on for the other seminar. I had to have clearly different arguments, despite the fact that both seminars had nearly equal weight in leading me to my main argument. Therefore, after a quarter of very intense intellectual engagement, I was left with empty hands for that seminar at the end of the quarter and had to throw something to together to appease this unfairly bureaucratic demand. Needless to say, I didn't do too well, and to add insult to injury, received very detailed comments about what, precisely, the problems were. Gee, you think?

Susan

One of my undergrad profs said it was cheating if I used research from one class for a project in another class. I wish he had thought your way.

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