What You Know So Far . . .
FOR THIS IN-CLASS DISCUSSION BOARD POST: Everyone should have at least some information from their alum at this point. Even if you haven't completed your interviews or have more questions for them, you at least have the information they've shared with you so far. In a series of in-class writings that you will post to this space, I hope you will start to do the work of ANALYSIS. This involves summarizing information and then analyzing it for what is important and significant. That analysis will turn into your thesis for this paper. Your evidence will be the information that your alum has given you.
This is a good place to see what you've got to work with so far. This paper is due to me at the end of next week. So it's good to know where you are at and what more you need to do. Remember what I keep saying: the more information you have from your alum, the easier it is to write this paper. And, two, you can't--cannot, cannot--just put a bunch of answers to a bunch of questions.
1. What are the top three most interesting things you've learned about your alum? Why are they interesting to you?
2. In what ways, if any, do you feel like your alum and you have something in common? What are those things?
3. Do you notice a difference in how your alums think about their time at BSU from how you think about it? Has talking with them made you reconsider how you approach your college career at all? Why or Why not?
4. What things do you want to know more about from your alum?
5. Are there things from the in-class alums that you see your alum has in common with them? What are they?
6. Finally, what could a tentative thesis be for your profile of your alum be based on the information you have so far. Write down what that thesis sentence could be and what evidence you feel proves it--also include what other questions you might ask to get information that could help you prove that point.
11/9/2020 09:02:32 am
Along with a major in Biology at BSU he acquired a minor in biochemistry which is extremely difficult. He also managed to get a PhD which is even harder than the first 4 years of college to get you bachelors. He met his wife senior year at Bridgewater and she also has a PhD in Biology. I find it really cool that he met someone who shares the same interests and career path as him. Along with taking a major and a minor in college, he also managed to play sports year-round at Bridgewater.
11/9/2020 09:03:11 am
Three really interesting things i learned about Haley is she loves her dog so much. She has a very important job but still makes time for her dog and considers it her favorite hobby. She originally said there was no way she would go to BSU because she lives so close. She ended up transferring to BSU spring semester of her freshman year and says it was the best decision she has made. She takes so much pride in her job and how far she has come in her career. Haley loves her job so much and loves to promote that OT is fun. Her older brother is a world traveler and he is currently living in Vietnam teaching English to children.
11/9/2020 09:03:27 am
The top 3 interesting things that I have learned from my alumni is that she did study abroad, she wanted to travel far for school but didn’t, and she also started working at 14. These things were interesting to me because it was somewhat related to me. I also want to study abroad and I had plans for going to school in Atlanta but because of cost I stayed close, and I started working at a young age as well under the table.
11/9/2020 09:04:00 am
The most interesting things about my alum is that she is now an English teacher all the way in South Dakota and just graduated this may. She told me that she had gone to this school for a trip for Bridgewater and got to observe some of the classes there. Another thing that I found really interesting about my Alumni is that she used to be a very shy person back in the beginning of her college career. She seems like she has come out of her shell quite a bit now. I can tell because she seemed very outgoing when I was on the zoom call with her. One more thing that I found that was super interesting about her is that she came to Bridgewater State with an undecided major even though that she knew she loved writing and reading.
11/9/2020 09:04:09 am
Some of the most interesting things that I have learned about my alumni are that she didn't enjoy Bridgewater when she first started, I find this in particular interesting because I feel that I can relate to it. School in general is not my thing, and I feel like having it online is making me not want to do it anymore, I have NO motivation and it's horrible. Another thing that I found interesting was her perspective on happiness, she is a very minimalist person, she doesn't find happiness in loads of money or expensive things, which I really appreciate. Some things that I feel me and my alumni have in common besides majoring in the same things would probably be the relationships that she made throughout college. I am a very outgoing person and I feel that going through life, in this case specifically college, with strong bonded relationships is really good. I think that creating some type of relationship with your professor is important because it helps you stay engaged with school. For example if I have professors that are not as engaged as professor torda and I am struggling tremendously in their class. I do feel like BSU is a good school, but right now where i am in life in general school is just really frustrating and hard for me. I don't feel like I'm learning. I just feel like trying to pass which has made my experience not as good as my alumns was. She was able to enjoy school and make something out of it. It seems like she used BSU to its highest potential which so far I have failed to do. Something that I think that the alums in class have in common with my alum is that all used their college experience and it made them the person they are today. I can see that each of their experiences helped shape them and helped them get to where they are in life. They all described their college experience as this big part in their life that they enjoyed and they all took a lesson from it. A thesis i would most likely use would be “everyone that leaves college, leaves with a lesson and an experience, weather its good or not so good. Going to BSU a very hands on and one on one school will most likely leave you with a good experience that will teach you a very valuable life lesson that will help you.” somethings i want to know from my alumn is just advice on how she got through college, a little life lessons that might help me get through college.
11/9/2020 09:04:33 am
What are the top three most interesting things I learned about my alum? Why are they interesting?
11/9/2020 09:06:17 am
11/9/2020 09:06:50 am
I find it interesting how her major led her to where she is today. She studied Biology with a concentration in environmental science and a minor in chemistry. What I am most excited to learn more about her. I look forward to our zoom meetings we set up.I feel like my alum and I have the same passion about what we both are looking into for our careers. We both are into science. I am not personally into biology however I am interested in chemistry. She seems incredibly smart and can’t wait to hear about her experience at BSU.I am not really sure yet if we think the same about BSU. I think I will get to know more about how she feels BSU has helped her in our zoom meetings. I think that my alum has similar qualities to the alums we met in class. She wants to help me in any way she can. I find that so remarkable because she is willing to take time out of her day.I think a tentative thesis for my paper thus far is how I can relate to my alum. I do have basic information about her but I still need more to add to my tentative thesis.
11/9/2020 09:07:09 am
1. Top 3 most interesting things are that he was an English major and it’s interesting to me because he is going to be an executive director. Also, the fact that he’s made the decision to move is interesting to me because for most people it is hard to leave home and start fresh in another state. Lastly, what I find interesting is that his wife and him organize a pizza event and that’s interesting to me because I’ve never heard of someone organizing that/
11/9/2020 09:18:22 am
1. My alum was the parole officer for a murderer who stayed in the "Supermax" prison in Colorado. He has been working since he was 9. He switched his major from health science to criminal justice.
11/9/2020 09:17:54 pm
The top three things I learned about my alumni is that she is married and has a 21-year-old daughter and her daughter studies art education in Boston, and she is going to try to travel back to japan. Also, one of her favorites hobbies to do is hike and Stacy hiked a glacier in Alaska in the middle of winter! What do I have in common with my alumni is that I feel like we are both warm hearted people and we generally care about everyone who was brought into our lives! I feel like the more I can talk to her the more I would be able to find more about her but the way how it looks is that she puts her mind to what needed to get done and does it the right way. I feel like I cannot say much on my alumni until I really get to know her. Things that I want to learn more about is just Stacy in general I want to like play 21 questions or something.
11/12/2020 11:29:06 am
Sidney is a very inspiring person. One of the most interesting things I learned about her was her motivation to make change. She teaches second grade at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and she has always been involved in community service. Sidney and I are both are home bodies and we both are willing to try new things. Talking to Sidney has made me reconsider the way I’m going to approach my college career. I have never been interested in doing any clubs or getting involved at all but she has inspired me start. Sidney has similarities with all the alums. All of them have been highly impacted by their time at BSU. Something I noticed was that both Sidney and Kris have switched jobs and ended up really enjoying where they are. I am not sure what my thesis is yet, but I would like it to be about how Sidney’s experience at Bridgewater helped shape her to be who she is today and made her realize how important community service work is.
11/18/2020 08:42:14 am
My alumni is Casner Parfait he attended BSU nearly 10 years ago in 2011.
11/23/2020 05:30:27 pm
1. One interesting thing I learned about Joseph(probation officer) is that he once supervised a man who was once an inmate at the "Supermax" prison in Colorado. I also learned that he loves to hike. Lastly, I found out that he wants to take a trip to New Zealand one day.
11/30/2020 12:25:33 am
some things that I found interesting about my alum is that they started as a buisness major but now has a career in working with at risk teens, she has had multiple people in her life including someone as close as her husband that question her career choice, and she is married with two daughters.
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