My Extraordinary Professor

My professor has asked that we write about a phrase that entered our hearts and resonated with us. He wants us to be honest and personal with our choice…and yet I can’t seem to pick out a single phrase. The phrases I’ve been reciting aloud I don’t know if they have any particular meaning to me…although I understand the context behind them.  I’m sure something will come to me by the end of the night.

I love the freedom my professor has given us to explore the text for ourselves, and find our own meaning. I love that he wants us to succeed, and that he cares about each individual student. I’ve never had a teacher this extraordinary before. One that is both passionate about what they’re teaching, and also passionate about what and how the students are learning.

I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to have him as my professor two years in a row (going for a third). He makes me enjoy coming to school, fall in love with the texts we’re reading, and he’s taught me a lot about what it means to be a great teacher and a great story teller. I wish that everyone was as lucky as I am to have a teacher like this.

I’ll write something that he’ll be proud of. I want to do my best work, not only because he expects it from me but because he believes in my ability to do so.

Thank you for all of your encouragement sir.

— R.

Lots of Homework….

I haven’t posted anything in a little while. Again, I’d like to apologize for this. I’ve been pretty swamped with homework. I need to know my priorities. I’m really beginning to think that I should have set days or times for blogging and writing so that I can stay on top of it.

I’ve done some work on my personal projects in between my homework. It’s probably the best thing for me to do in between school work because I’m still being productive. I find that if I stop and…watch a movie or something, then I don’t end up getting back to work.

I managed to get an assignment finished this morning. I hate doing things last minute but I’m still trying to get myself to stop procrastinating. I’ve mainly been doing this with my readings, which is why I’m got swamped last week. I was really behind in a book. This week my goal is to stay on top of everything.

No worries, I’m not working myself to the bone here. I’m going to get myself to the gym sometime this week (possibly after class if it’s not freezing outside) so that I can relieve some stress.

I wasn’t feeling well after school started so I fell behind in a project for class. Thankfully my professor is the greatest human on earth (you’re all great too…but he’s really awesome) and knows that I’m doing a 67 panel manga for my assignment. I love my project so much I could kiss it…but I won’t I’m just really happy with how its turning out. I’ve only got a few panels left to draw and then I’m going to outline everything, possibly add backgrounds (if I have the time) add the dialogue…all that fun stuff.

I hope to publish graphic novels as well. This is my practice run. Its fun. A lot of work but so much fun.

I’ll try and blog again this week. Probably won’t be until this weekend though. I’ve got two projects I’m working on for class…no three. Two classes, three projects.

Well that’s my update for now.

I hope that you’re all enjoying your Monday. You’ll get through it.

— Ryder.

First Week at University

This week I started university. The first day was a bit overwhelming. When my family left I wasn’t sure of what to do with myself for the next few hours. I felt almost as though they had abandoned me, even though I had been so excited to live on my own and make new friends.

Days later I began to meet great new people and today I am preparing for my very first lecture. I’m excited for the class and am looking forward to the novels that we will be reading as well as the things we’re going to study. I hope that I will enjoy the course and that I will like the professor.

Everyone at this university seems very friendly and easy going. It isn’t hard to make friends and for the first time I’m actually happy to be back at school in September.

Thank you to all of the wonderful ISW leaders here at my school for introducing me to cool people and for making the transition from High school to University so much easier.