The deed is done. I applied for, and was granted, a hardship withdrawal from my Interpersonal Communications class (COMM 327). That means I will be finishing 9 credits this quarter instead of the 14 credits I started out with.

What this means for graduation is still unclear. I met with my adviser at Student disAbility Services this morning, and he thinks it might be possible to graduate me anyway with what I have. That would be SO sweet!

Of course, it's also still possible that I will need to take one more upper division class during summer quarter. One more is do-able. I should know within the next 24 hours what the verdict is.

Whatever the outcome, finish this quarter or next, one thing is clear: I won't be able to walk and receive the diploma until August. It's past the deadline for submitting graduation requests for this quarter, so no matter which outcome, I won't actually get the diploma until the August ceremony. Oh well.

My apologies to everyone I got excited with my anticipated June graduation date.

I'm at the finish line. I'm limping across, but I am almost there....
Team Observation #1
Observation Notes
Interpersonal Communication – COMM 327
Hagrid Jacobs
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( Apr. 15th, 2008 06:02 pm)
*pant* *pant* *pant*

Because of the procrastination problem I had with putting off projects until the last minute at the end of last quarter, I resolved this quarter to volunteer to do projects and presentations early in the quarter, and get them done with.

Unfortunately, I did this in two classes, ENG 335 and COMM 327, and ended up having to give TWO presentations in one day! Eeek!

So I was up really late last night working on the presentations, then got up early to work on them.

At 11, I ran up to campus to meet with my COMM presentation partner, and do our final walkthrough of the presentation. Then I raced home, put the finishing touches on my ENG presentation, burned the powerpoint on a CD, raced to class, gave my presentation on Frantz Fanon & Algeria (see previous LJ entry), then raced home again because I forgot the tape measures I needed for my COMM presentation. Raced BACK to school, parked illegally in the lot, raced up to COMM class, and gave my presentation there on Nonverbal Communication & Proxemics. Whew.

After class, I went back to my car, and saw I had a parking ticket - I was expecting it, but I don't care it was totally worth it to go get the tape measures - and came home.


Both presentations were well-received, though I won't know my grades on them for a while. I'm just glad they're done, and I don't have to stress about doing these for the rest of the quarter. Yay!

Now I just want to crawl into bed and sleep...
If two years ago, you had told me that in my last quarter at university, I'd be up to 3 in the morning writing an APA-style reference sheet of episode citations of The Simpsons and Seinfeld... would I have believed you? ;-)
Note: Dr. Perry gave us the following assignment, to write a letter to her, telling her about ourselves and what we want out of the class.
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Note: For my COMM 327 class, we were asked to bring in a favourite quote about interpersonal communication. Here's my contribution:

"You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."

"Why, what did she tell you?"

"I don't know, I didn't listen."

-From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
Comm 327 Class Notes - 2008.04.03

Stimulus exercise

What just happened? Write down everything that happened and that you saw.

-We had to write our 1st and last names on papers, and display them.
-We had to write name, career choice, favourite movie, TV Show, and book on index cards.
-Candy was past around (Taste, Touch, Sight)
-Objects, such as stuffed animals, balls, crystals, soap dishes, toothbrush holders and do rags were passed around (Touch, Sight)
-Aromatherapy lotions were passed around (Smell, Touch, Sight)
-Candles were passed around. I lit the candles before passing them on. (Sight, Smell, Touch)
-Music was played (Hearing)
-Video of the office was played on the screen, with no sound (Sight)
-Background talking was going on (Hearing)
-The room was uncomfortably warm
-We had to fill out a questionnaire about communication
-Some people had orange cards, others had green cards
-I talked to my neighbours, Erin & Brittany. Brittany was more communicative, Erin was busy trying to fill out her survey.
-I walked across the room to talk to others.
-I eenie-meenie-miney-moed to choose a person to talk to, and chose Nicholena.
-Next I talked to Brendan.
-I also talked to Shannon, but I misremembered her name as "Jennifer." When corrected, I immediately apologized, touching her on the knee.
-When I talked to Joel, I mentioned that my favourite book was The God Delusion, because I am an atheist. There was an uncomfortable, awkward moment at that point.

After the exercise, we discussed what had taken place.
I commented that all 5 senses were being stimulated while we were trying to work and/or talk. This is "noise" in the communications model. We were having to selectively screen them out from our awareness while trying to communicate. For someone who is easily distracted, like me, this can be difficult.

"People will never remember what you say, people will never remember what you do, but people will always remember how you made them feel." --Anonymous
Class Notes, Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"The Relationship is the communication bridge between people."

Course Requirement - chapter reflections
  1. Your initial reaction
  2. What is the Author's argument?
  3. Select 1 or 2 theories/concepts you have learned, and how you can apply them in your life.
  4. What was confusing?

Find 1 quote that relates to Interpersonal Communication.

Syllabus is posted on BlackBoard.

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