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A Good One
There are so many bad stories about professional athletes in circulation these days that it's especially nice to hear positives. Tony wasn't a great student, but he came to class and did his work, despite practicing for two sports at the same time. And he did one hell of a job filling in for Ed Gray, too. . .

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From: babyiwasshot Date: July 7th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

trying too hard??

How does one become a great student, anyway, because lately I've been struggling to read critical essays (pretty much all of those written by professional scholars and published in scholarly journals/books). Being an undergrad, is it normal for me not to fully understand these writings (I get vague, intuitive notions about what is being said but find re-articulating them difficult)? How does one "come-into" understanding of these essays, anyway? What does it take? Grad school? A well-planned undergrad curriculum? A degree of intelligence (raw IQ) which I perhaps do not possess? How does one make the transition from amateur literary critic to professional?

Sorry 'bout all the questions, I'm just really looking to "go the distance," as it were.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 7th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: trying too hard??

It's mostly a matter of experience. Each thing you read gives you a little more leverage on other things. Eventually, if you're inclined to understand -- and like -- that kind of thing, it falls into place. I was like you as an undergrad. I really was getting theory by grad school, but it took me several more years before I could write about it in a way that wasn't just poor paraphrase. Patience, in other words, is a must. Also, it helps to read a little about the biography of authors and the historical context in which their pieces were written.
From: babyiwasshot Date: July 8th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: trying too hard??

Thanks! I had a feeling that that's how it works, but it's good to hear it from somebody who's been there.
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