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drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
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Two things today, tea and a rant. I’m writing about tea first so anyone who wants to skip the rant may do so. ;)

Tea: I like this! It’s very grassy and slightly bitter, similar to a sencha but a little more toasty tasting. My brain is preoccupied tonight so nothing more to say about this tea for now, which brings me to…

The rant: I took my last midterm today. It was a literature identification quiz, for non English literature majors this is something I probably have to do at least once a quarter/semester. A professor gives you a portion of a text and you have to identify the title, author, and sometimes the date they wrote it or date it was published. Last year I took an Elizabethan poetry class where I got A’s on both tests (out of at least 30 sonnets to remember and some other texts).
The professor said she felt this test would be “quite easy”. I honestly have no idea how I did. She only gave us 1-2 lines, or in the case of the novels we read, 1-2 sentences from which we had to identify the title and author.
She wrote an email a few hours later stating most people did poorly, and she didn’t know why. I wrote back to her (and apparently a number of other people did as well) stating 1-2 lines is really an unrealistic expectation. Her response is that she would “come up with a plan of action to boost this situation” and that all the lines were things she discussed or read out loud in class, so if we studied we should have been able to recognize it.
Well, I know a professor I’m never taking a class from again.

Now, rant hat off! Thanks for letting me blow out some steam, Steepster.

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Kittenna

O.o that sounds so unfairly brutal! Unless the lines were key to the piece of literature (like… unmistakeable), I can’t see why you’d have to recognize such a short snippet… (Of course, I’m a science geek, so I wouldn’t really know!)

Claire

My main complaint is that it’s 1-2 lines out of hundreds, in the case of most of the readings. Some of them I recognized, and some were like ok maybe this is from Wieland…

Kittenna

Yeah :( That’s a lot to keep in your head.

Claire

Update: my professor wrote me back this morning to say that after sleeping on it, she appreciated my thoughts and they were helpful. Yay!

canadianadia

That is frustrating. It’s good to hear that your professor is planning on doing something to boost the situation.

Kittenna

Awesome!

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Kittenna

O.o that sounds so unfairly brutal! Unless the lines were key to the piece of literature (like… unmistakeable), I can’t see why you’d have to recognize such a short snippet… (Of course, I’m a science geek, so I wouldn’t really know!)

Claire

My main complaint is that it’s 1-2 lines out of hundreds, in the case of most of the readings. Some of them I recognized, and some were like ok maybe this is from Wieland…

Kittenna

Yeah :( That’s a lot to keep in your head.

Claire

Update: my professor wrote me back this morning to say that after sleeping on it, she appreciated my thoughts and they were helpful. Yay!

canadianadia

That is frustrating. It’s good to hear that your professor is planning on doing something to boost the situation.

Kittenna

Awesome!

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

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