Replying To Peer Who Learning Online Sample

Whatever the purpose of your answering, your rationale with it should stand up to serious scrutiny.

One of my former Brown University professors offered me a “pigtailed” in 2001. I didn’t have time to think about what the word really meant. But it was sweet (I have no video evidence of the actual pigtail). That’s the kind of spirit that I’m hoping to bring to the classroom, especially when students realize that learning and just plain life itself requires a turn on of the brain (an hour of math is not an episode of Law & Order: SVU). At least that was my experience.

I didn’t learn how to program until I was 22. (At Columbia University.) I think that is my third or fourth teacher. The first was a female economics professor named Janet Whitfield. I had been studying for a master’s degree in economics. (On Aug. 9, 2001—older sister’s day at Columbia.) I wanted to write research papers. But I couldn’t find any open access articles so Whitfield (who held a doctorate from Cornell, an A.A. from Wharton and also attended Columbia, respectively) found me a mentor in an online forum. She wrote me a guide to computer science, which led to gaining access to more open access articles. This led to employment as an intern with the International Data Corporation, an electronics data storage company (who later helped me choose the career path I chose.)

On my own, when I wanted to try something out, I knew that it would probably be in math or science, so I held off. My only real skills were knowing how to look, or not look, at a computer screen. But when I got into law school, I thought: maybe I’ll learn some law. The right lawyer helped me figure out what law I wanted to get into and helped me make the transition from undergrad to law school.

I’ve always had an issue with grades. For example, I always did a bad math course as freshman, then seemed to master the topic as I headed to grad school. It’s like you sit down to tell the teacher that you feel like you’re already proficient, but it turns out that you’re not. So I always get a “F” during engineering grades. Then you go home and try to fix it. I somehow got into econ, but I didn’t earn top marks. It bothered me, and I was not happy until I made it to law school. That’s when I finally learned how to work my brain. Law requires logical reasoning and just plain intelligence. And it’s not because some co-ed did a pass mark on a class or some faculty member wants to make everyone a star. Law requires working from a brief case. It requires work that is not consistent with apparent knowledge. The same was true for engineering. I learned the basics of math and engineering in junior high school—but that was it. After college, I would go to try to get into a different major. I was in upstate New York and thought engineering was the way to go, then I realized I could learn a lot by working on the little machines that were on a computer (which I ended up doing for all of college). That’s when I discovered the basics of law. I put myself through school by working and never gained a 100 percent GPA. That led me to law school and a realization that somehow they were two different fields of study—but each had a purpose and I needed to get into it.

The professor who gave me that word was not just a pigtailed. The teacher was not just a pigtailed woman. She was not just a woman, either. She was a woman. She was college! That is the stuff that takes a human to be full, complete and to complete this so-called science called life. It’s the hope and vision and belief in themselves that makes the world go around. This is what many of us teach and do in law and science. And why I want to be an educator.

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