Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

Week 9: Monday, October 17 – Sunday, October 23

Hi everyone, and happy Monday! I hope you all had enjoyable and restorative weekends, and are ready to hit the ground running this week with research.

Thanks to all who posted their research question posts last week … I really enjoyed reading them and learning what interests you and what you plan to explore for Unit 2. As promised, last week I left detailed feedback for everyone who submitted a post on time, offering suggestions for revision. Remember that topics have to be approved by me, so you’ll want to submit your revisions ASAP.

Researching will help you as you work to to refine and focus your topics. This week we have a Writing Workshop on Library and Research Resources offered by Professor Berger (a librarian here at City Tech) that will help you with all aspects of the research process. I’ll also be posting additional content in the (existing) Unit 2 Writing Workshop, offering pro tips for proposal revision, research, and source entries. This will all guide you in conducting research and creating your first source entry, which is due on Wednesday.

Later this week you’ll be reading and annotating an essay on genre and blogging in response, as well as continuing to research (on your own) for Unit 2.

In exciting / happy news, this Thursday, October 20, is National Day on Writing! Not only is this an important day celebrating writing, it’s an (optional) extra credit opportunity for you. Yay!

There is detailed information about all of this week’s work, as always, on the Schedule page.

Make sure to submit that first source entry on time (W 10/19 by 12pm), so that I can provide feedback to you on it via OpenLab comment on individual posts / holistic comments to the class. Please be respectful of the Schedule / deadlines, my time, and your classmates’s time (we will be doing peer review for Unit 2 going forward as well). If you are having difficulty keeping up with the work, it is your responsibility to reach out to me: email me (ahead of time!) and come see me during my Office Hours to discuss options for getting back on track.

Please also accept my apologies in the delay in posting an update about grades / course progress (I have been quite sick lately, so am a bit behind as a result). I will be posting soon on that front, and definitely in advance of the “midterm grades” deadline on 10/27 (if you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about that right now. I’ll be making a post explaining what midterm grades are and how to check them that the week of 10/24). I appreciate your understanding and patience 🙂

Friendly reminder that my next Office Hours are on Thursday (10/20) from 11:30am-12:30pm via Zoom. Feel free to pop by to discuss your research project, get feedback on your work / progress in the course more generally, or just to say hi!

And as always, comment below with any questions you might have for this week’s work.

We’ll continue to use this space to have low-key conversations to support one another and to build community.

Therefore, the first thing you should do for this week (after reading this post and the Week 9 Schedule) is to comment below. This week, you should post a photo that you took & tell us what it is, when you took it, & why you chose to share it with us. Everyone should make at least one comment, and then comment on others’ contributions as you feel inspired to do so.

Thanks everyone for your continued hard work, and have a wonderful week!


  1. Jasper

    This is a picture I have taken with my family on October 8th. It is one of the few photos I have taken. It was initially taken to share the photo with a friend.

    • Indira

      Thank you Jasper for sharing, I hope you had a great time with your family. That dish looks yummy!!

      • Jill Belli

        Thanks Jasper for sharing! What type of food is this?

        • Jasper

          This is from a Korean restaurant. The name of the dish is called Diablo Chicken.

          • Jill Belli

            Cook, thanks! (“diablo” makes me think spicy!)

  2. Indira

    Hello, hope all of you had a wonderful weekend! I haven’t taken any recent photo, I usually send every morning to my friends and family something that might encourage them. This was today’s image.

    • Jill Belli

      Thanks for sharing this inspiration message Indira!

      Friendly reminder that if you are not sharing a photo you took yourself, you should make sure to cite the image (a link, if it is an online image, will be fine for our purposes here).

  3. Indira

    Hello professor Belli, I just check my post for the research and I am not clear if it was approved or not, I don’t see any other comment after we talked about my decision to change the research question. I am not rushing you, just making sure that I have everything to continue the project.

    Thank you.

    • Jill Belli

      Thanks for checking in Indira. Let’s keep the conversations about individual research projects in each student’s post (easier to keep track of that way). I’ll reply there this afternoon.

  4. Brianna Santiago

    Hello everyone,

    The post is basically saying like the message that mental health is a process and as long as you stay focus on the right track and make progress it’s okay.I decided to share this photo because I have struggled with my mental health and at first didn’t realize what to do . But later found ways to make sure my mental health was good even though it took a while . I chose this quote/post to post because I could relate to it and it’s a message to anyone going through that.

    • Jill Belli

      Thanks for sharing such an important message (and for citing!), Brianna. Taking care of our mental health is so crucial.

  5. Jayleen

    I have been stressed about these exams I’ve been having back to back. Here’s a picture of the eye muscles that I had to know for my optics exam.

    • Jill Belli

      Sorry to hear you’ve been stressed Jayleen (hope the exams are going OK!). The image didn’t come through though — can you add it here (with citation)?

  6. Doriani

    This is a picture one of my teammates took of me laying on my position spot, which is shortstop. June 10th was the teams last reunion. I chose to share this picture because I take too many pictures and I couldn’t really decide so I picked one that story a little of a story behind it.

    • Jill Belli

      This is an awesome photo Doriani … thanks for sharing!

  7. Tyrese

    I’ve been trying to balance school and work but it’s not easy but nothing easy if no fun

    • Jill Belli

      Finding that balance can definitely be a struggle Tyrese — hang in there! Do you have a photo to share with us that relates?

  8. Lizbeth

    hello everyone, hope everyone is okay. I know that its been stressful because some of us had to take exams.

    I wanted to share this picture because in a way it brings me peace. I live near the board walk and sometimes I go to watch the waves of the ocean.

    • Jill Belli

      This is a lovely photo … the ocean calms me as well. Thanks for sharing Lizbeth!

    • briansook


  9. Brandonyu

    I keep forgetting to check Open lab

    • Jill Belli

      Brandon, I know that sometimes it can be difficult to manage (and remember) everything, but checking in on email / the OpenLab daily is a key (required) aspect of being successful in the course. I would set a daily reminder for yourself (either in your calendar, or phone alarm) to check in … that should help!

  10. briansook

    I don’t really have a post to share so I decided to post a quote I feel like this quote helps me

    • Jill Belli

      A quote sounds great Brian! I didn’t see it come through here, though. Can you share it with us?

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