If You Had to Vote Today . . .

In class today, I asked my FYE 1220 students to write down the answers to these two questions.

  • If you had to vote for US President today, who would you vote for?
  • Why?

They then folded the papers, and put them back into their notebooks; I won’t collect these.

Tonight, the students need to go to Glassbooth and take a short survey. As Glassbooth puts it, “Glassbooth connects you to the 2008 presidential candidate that represents your beliefs the best.”

Wednesday in class, we’ll discuss reactions to similarities and differences between who they initially indicated they’d vote for and which candidate is most closely aligned with their stance on issues.

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Revising Your Four-Year Plan

After reviewing the four-year plans submitted last week, Mackenzie and I found several common themes in the plans:

  • Not listing the prerequisites. Use the Georgia Southern Catalog 2008-2009 to check for prerequisites and corequisistes for classes. Prerequisites must be taken prior to the course; corequisites must be taken at the same time as the course. If you try to register for a course in WINGS without first taking the required prerequisite, WINGS will not let you register for the course.
  • Taking the courses out of sequence. Often this is because the prerequisites weren’t checked when developing the plan. On many of the plans, it appeared as though you simply listed the courses in numerical order.
  • Not including all the required courses from the CORE. You cannot graduate until all the courses have been taken.
  • Attempting to schedule a course when it’s not offered. In many majors, upper division electives are not offered every semester. Check with your department to see what the rotation of courses is. For example, see the Spanish major course rotation.
  • Listing all the courses in a given area, when you only need to choose one of them.
  • Not choosing your electives wisely (or at all). Look at the minors you might be interested in, and consider using your electives to fulfill the requirements of a minor.

In addition, there are often other requirements that must be met before taking certain courses. Be sure you know what these requirements are. For example, many majors require a minimum GPA before declaring the major, or sometimes a C or better in specific courses.

You have a second chance in preparing your Four-Year Plan. Return your revised Four-Year Plan in class on Wednesday, October 8. Also return to us the plan you originally turned in AND the requirements for your major, so that we can see your changes.

Questions? You know where to find me.

Photo Credit: “Only a Little Off Course,” originally uploaded to Flickr by pnoeric

You’re Not Going to Vote? Seriously?

Take a look at this short video. It’s worth your time, especially if you are considering not voting in the November election.

And if you aren’t registered to vote yet, you don’t have much time to waste. Visit http://maps.google.com/vote to learn how much time you have left to register. Soon, you’ll also have information available there on where to vote.

I am registered. And I will vote early to avoid the lines on Election Day.