Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

Week 14: Monday, November 21 – Sunday, November 27

Hi everyone, and happy Monday!

First up, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page re: calendar / logistics. This week is an abridged week for us, since the College is closed (with no classes scheduled) starting Thursday due to the holiday. That means that we only have one work deadline for this week (instead of the usual two): Wednesday (11/23) at noon.

Your primary focus this week is continuing to draft your Unit 3 projects. To support you, there is new content in the Unit 3 Writing Workshop and a new Class Discussion exploring “mentor texts” (both require student participation).

I know it can be tempting to just put off this work, but don’t let the deadline creep up on you: complete drafts (the new genre piece + your Artist’s Statement) will be due the week we return from Thanksgiving break so that we have time to peer review that work. If you need inspiration and tips for staying on track, re-visit last week’s Time Management Workshop.

Since the College is closed on Thursday, I won’t be holding my regular Office Hours that day. If you have any questions or need anything, comment below or reach out via email as soon as possible. I’ll be checking in / replying to students through Wednesday afternoon, and then will reply to any messages again the following Monday after we return from break.

Speaking of break, wishing you all lovely long weekend: may you use the break (Thursday – Sunday) to rest, recharge, and catch up on any work as needed.

This is a week that many people celebrate thanks-giving (they give thanks for the things in their life). So for this week’s low-stakes discussion, we’ll be exploring gratitude (another critical component of self-care). Research has consistently shown that regularly practicing gratitude is strongly correlated with increased well-being.

Drop a comment to share something you’re grateful for, & why. It can be anything, big or small, as long as it’s something for which you are authentically thankful.

As always, everyone should comment at least once, by EOD (end of day) today, Monday, 11/21.

Thanks all, and have a wonderful week 🙂


  1. Brianna Santiago

    I’m grateful that my mom and love ones are healthy and fine . The reasoning is because last year my aunt died in March and we weren’t able to have her come over for thanksgiving ,so I’m really thankful for my family’s health that they’ll get to come for thanksgiving.

  2. Indira

    Every day we have something to be thankful for. Just to be alive is a huge thing, every morning I thanks God I was pleased to wake me up and to be able to see my son’s face and to know my mother and siblings are ok it fills my heart of joy. Last week was my Grandfather funeral but I am happy we were able to be with him through his 97 years old he had. I am in peace and grateful for my achievements because it telling me how blessed I am and also for my struggles because is showing me how fragile life is and keep my feet on ground and must important it makes me stronger and teach me new things. And the last but not least, I am thankful for the opportunity I am having right now, to pursue for a new career and I pray for each one of us to accomplish our goal in this new adventure.

  3. Jasper

    I am grateful for the break later this week. It’s been a busy month so I could use the break.

  4. Jayleen

    I’m thankful for the time I’m going to have to celebrate with my family and live in the moment. Usually, I’m stuck doing work and assignments all the time and I don’t spend a lot of time with them so this break will let me be with them.

  5. Lizbeth

    Although I don’t celebrate thanksgiving but im grateful for my family and friends. They are very supportive and I know they believe in me to achieve my goals. sometimes it can be overwhelming but when I express how im feeling they always know what to say and encourage me to keep going.

  6. Brandonyu

    I don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I can be grateful for having a roof over my head and a family. Sometimes I take for granted that I have all of that.

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