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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Making the Grade



I haven't written much about my PhD life in quite some time.  I guess a lot of the reason is the fact that it is a stressful process! However, the last class that I just completed last Monday is worth a post! 


My PhD degree is on Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  Basically, the degree focuses on how to run a company efficiently through the people process. It's kinda fun but hate all the writing in APA, finding peer reviewed sources to support your argument, etc. My classes are online and typically run about 6 weeks.  


My last class was PSYCH 704. - everything I loved to learn about, human resources! I seriously thought this class was going to be an easy "A". NOT!!! My first assignment was to create a training proposal. EASY!!! I was a corporate trainer so I can do this! Only thing is, my paper needed peer reviewed sources - research. CRAP!!!! Got the paper done, turned it, and it was returned with a 0 grade. What the?!?  Her message to me  - PLAGIARISM!!! I got on the phone quick to ask her what she was talking about. She said, my entire paper was not cited right, creating the plagiarism issue. I should have known that from the get go. OMG!!!! I've been turning in my papers that way for months without any issues from other teachers!! FINE!!!! Move on...


My 2nd week of class was suppose to be a piece of cake. Create a training workshop on diversity. COOL! I've taught diversity and I am going to get that "A".  NOT!!! This time around, I was being accused of stealing someone's work. WHAT?!? A classmate of mine, had the same exact training agenda, minus 2 words. I fought tooth and nail to prove that my work was original.  The only way we would've had the same agenda was that this other person would've been a former co-worker of mine, which obviously was not the case. Needless to say, I won the argument, but stress has now ruled my thoughts in this class. 


Week 4, a paper on stress managment. LOL!! Really?!? Ok... I got this! NOT EVEN!! I received an 11.4 out of 15 - stating that therapy is not part of I/O Psychology, but she loved my research.  GEEESH!!! I think I am needing therapy after this class!



Week 6 - I got my grade from week 5 which was a 78%.  In order to pass the class and move on, the minimum is an 80% or the class needs to be taken again. I need a minimum of 15.7 points for week 6 in order to pass. ERRRR!!! So, what do I do? Kiss butt is what I did!!! Emails, warm fuzzy comments, smiley emoticons. You get the picture! If I could send flowers her way, I probably would've done that too! 



The final grade from class? 



YUP! I made it!!! Not sure if kissing butt worked, but boy!!! What a relief! Now I can move on, forget about this whole ordeal, and start getting my brain in gear for my next class next week:


Wish me luck! Or there might be another post in 6 weeks on my STATS class :). 

10 comments :

  1. Oh girl, hang in there! I know you can do it! Remember, you are woman and hear you roar! :)

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    1. Thanks for the support! I'm not sure how many times I've alked myself out of quitting.

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  2. Oh gosh, I couldn't deal with all that! Pretty cool to read about your experience though :). You can do it!

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    1. Thank you, Ash! I sometimes wonder how I am doing it myself :).

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  3. You can do it! I had an instructor in grad school that was super picky about citations. I had them there; just incorrect. Had to resubmit the paper.

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    1. That's cool you were able to re-submit. I wasn't even able to have that chance. All I got was "You're doctoral, you should know this." Duh!! I never had any other teacher correct me before so I thought it was ok. Anyway... I'm soo glad it's over!

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  4. Wow - what a struggle. Sometimes the way classes are marked at university seems like some kind of secret handshake/mumbo jumbo/circus ride. I was once told that my paper was too full of quotes and didn't meet the analysis requirements. I had to cut out all the quotes to show them they were wrong. Yeesh. Well done you.

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    1. Thank you, Katie! I kind got that too from this teacher. I found out later that she's a mentor for doctoral students going through the dissertation process. Thank goodness we patched out our differences a couple days ago. She even offered to be my mentor. Woo-hoo!

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  5. Yay you, you got the 80! I admire your determination and inner fortitude because that stuff is seriously mind-boggling. Keep it up, you can do it!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! This stuff is really a nightmare at times! If I drank, I probably would be a member of Alcoholic's Anonymous! LOL!!

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