Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Writing Assessment

If a person can't write, there is no way they would be able to make it into a competitive English or history masters program at an accredited university. Thus, it is ridiculously superfluous for Liberty to force a graduate writing class on incoming students in either English or history. But, superfluous though it may be, Liberty has made that the policy. The only way to get out of the class is to take a long, exceedingly dull online writing assessment.

So, for tonight's exciting evening, this "swinging single gal" poured herself a glass of...water, pulled on a sexy pair of....fuzzy slipper socks, and indulged in a....writing assessment. There was certainly a hot time in the old town tonight! Naturally, I passed with a 98%, which means that the spring of 2010 graduate writing course will be minus one incoming grad - me!

There is another happy part to this tale: While taking the assessment, I noticed an unintentional error in the test. So, I figured if Liberty gets to waste my time making me take an unnecessary test, I get to rub it in their face that their test writer made a mistake. I gleefully set about sending an email to the correct department, letting them know that they might want to consider having someone revise that one question. Score one for Stephanie!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"