Upon my recent return of my latest research paper from my Discipleship in a Postmodern World class I had a reaction like the one above. I worked for a week on that paper. I had 4 different sources, used two magazine articles and used the Bible. What more do you want? The assignment was for a 5 page paper dealing with the culture. I chose to look at how music has influenced the culture and why it has. I narrowed it down to specifically focus on Kanye West and his most recent rise to fame. I took an interview with him in Time magazine, I also took an interview with Bono from Rolling Stone from 1993. I referenced Acts 17, specifically the last part of the chapter where Paul is in Athens. I had two different people proofread my paper, I revised it 4 times. So when I turned this paper in I felt like I was going to atleast receive an A. Well that is definitely not the case. I got an 83%. The Professor wrote in the back of the paper that he wanted more from the paper. There was 2 grammatical errors, so that could not have been the reason for the B, he said that the paper was creative and well put together, but for some reason I got a B. Now I want to let you know right now, the next part is all assumptions that I hold to being true, I came up with these assumptions with a little polling from my classmates. I would say that out of all the class, 45% turned their papers in on time. I worked longer and harder on the paper than 90% of the class. I asked one kid what his grade was and he told me he got a 91%, but turned it in late and so he got an 80%. I don’t understand this, I love how you can write a paper the night before, proofread it once, turn it in and get an A. But you can work on a paper a week in advance and get a B-. Who knows why, another great mystery of life that I will never understand.
By the way Lincoln lost to Truman State 92-42. It was sad, we played like we were playing against NBA Allstars it was sad and embarrassing, we drove 4 hours both ways. Got back at 2 in the morning, and what did I have to show for it, a free meal from McDonald’s, well at least I got something.