Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

Week 15: Monday, November 28 – Sunday, December 4

Hi everyone, and happy Monday! I hope that you all are coming back from the long weekend feeling a bit more restored.

It’s hard to believe, but the end of this week is December!! That means we’re in the final push of the semester, with just under 4 weeks left. I’ll be sharing the work / plans for the final portion of the semester next week, but for now, we’re going to focus entirely on finishing up your Unit 3 projects.

Full first drafts of Unit 3 (both your New Genre piece & your Artist’s Statement) are due Wednesday at noon (12pm). The rest of the week will be devoted to Peer Review of this work and revision of drafts. I want you to be as successful as possible in your revision and turn in the most polished final drafts you can, so I’m extending the deadline for Unit 3 final drafts to Sunday, 12/4 at 11:59pm. The Schedule has been updated accordingly.

It’s important that you submit your work (both first and final drafts, as well as feedback for your peers) by the stated deadlines. If you have any questions about how to submit your Unit 3 projects via Dropbox (the Schedule provides instructions, but you may want additional clarification since it involves two files this time around), make sure to ask well in advance of the deadlines.

I’m available to provide additional support to you as you work on finalizing your Unit 3 projects through Friday afternoon. Comment below with any questions, or send me an email. I’m also back to my regularly weekly Office Hours this week, and you’re all welcome there on Thursday (11:30am-12:30pm) to discuss your Unit 3 projects or anything else related to your work in the course.

A friendly reminder, also that, re-visiting the available resources for this Unit will be helpful: the Unit 3 assignment, Unit 3 Writing Workshop, Time Management Class Discussion, and the Know-Your-Publication and Know-Your-Mentor Text Writing Workshops. I encourage you to also make use of previous material from the semester (e.g., integrating quotations, reverse outlining, citing, revision, plagiarism, etc.) — you can simply scroll back on the Schedule and look through previous Weeks’ content and also visit the “Resources” menu on our OpenLab course site.

Finally, it was lovely to see your gratitude comments from last week — thank you for sharing!

I know that this time of the year (and semester) can be quite difficult: feelings of stress, burnout, & overwhelm all creep in. In times like these, it’s important to connect with the positive emotions and experiences that sustain us and that help to buffer against these more challenging emotions. With that in mind, for this week’s low-stakes discussion, we’ll be exploring joy.

Drop a comment to share something that brings you joy, & why. It can be anything, big or small, as long as it’s something that fills you with joy. I encourage you to add media (images, videos, audio, artwork, etc.) to your comment to better communicate your joy.

As always, everyone should comment at least once, by EOD (end of day) today, Monday, 11/28.

Thanks all, and have a wonderful week šŸ™‚


  1. Brianna Santiago

    Something that I enjoy and that brings me joy is music. Music to me is like my therapy whenever Iā€™m stressed, sad , angry music seems to always help and understand me .

    • Jayleen Perez

      Hey, Brianna music brings me joy too! It helps me relax and unwind when I have a stressful.

      • Lizbeth

        Hey, Brianna I agree music is my therapy too I like to listen to music when im feeling sad because in a way I feel understood.

  2. Jayleen Perez

    Something that brings me joy is cuddling with my dog. She’s small but very soft and warm. She turns into this tiny ball of fur and it’s adorable.

    • Lizbeth

      hey Jayleen, I agree that cuddling with pets brings joy. I have three but only two will let me cuddle with them, my cat named lilo won’t let you touch him.

  3. Jasper

    Something that brings me joy is winning in the games I play. I enjoy winning.

    • Jia Cheng Zhao

      I also enjoy games, and especially winning aswell, although sometimes doing well sometimes matter a bit more to me

  4. Lizbeth

    something that brings me joy is music, I listen to music when im stress or when im feeling down. music is able to evoke so many emotions and that’s why I value it

  5. Indira

    Something that brings me joy is music as well, I also enjoy cuddling on my bed and watching any show or movie.

  6. Jill Belli

    Thanks all for sharing (and keep the joy coming everyone!). I can definitely relate to the joy that music brings, and am glad to see so many of you highlight it here. Also, sunshine & silliness are two (of the many) things that fill me with joy šŸ™‚

  7. Brandonyu

    Something that I find enjoying is playing games and watching funny videos it keeps me occupied

  8. Jill Belli

    Unit 3 Peer Review is now live. Check out my most recent post (also now linked from the Schedule) for more details. Happy peer-reviewing!

    Friendly reminder that I have Office Hours tomorrow (11:30am-12:30pm) if anyone wants to drop in to discuss their Unit 3 projects with me as well šŸ™‚

  9. Jill Belli

    Thanks for all your work on peer review — feel free to continue the feedback and dialogue in Perusall today and tomorrow, to continue to support one another through the final stages of revision.

    A heads-up that, as promised, the Dropbox link for Unit 3 Final Drafts (due 11:59pm on Sunday, 12/14) is now live on the Schedule.

    Looking forward to seeing your final drafts of these projects in just a few days. Happy revising, and have a wonderful weekend šŸ™‚

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