Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

Week 18: Monday, December 19 – Wednesday, December 21

Hi everyone, and happy Monday!

This is it … the last three days of the semester! I want to begin by thanking you for your hard work this Fall. These past few months have been challenging in many ways: not only did we all continue to navigate a global pandemic … but also you did that as you transitioned to college and navigated an asynchronous course (for many of you, for for the first time). I’m proud of your efforts and your work, and you should be too!

Now, let’s finish up strong!

The Dropbox link for Unit 4: Final Portfolio & Reflection Final Drafts is now live on the Schedule. Don’t forget to review the Unit 4 Assignment the Unit 4 Writing Workshop for more details and instructions about submission.

Aside from that work, there is one final piece of the puzzle: a Final Survey & Reflection (via GoogleForm) that will be due on Wednesday. You should only complete that after submitting your Unit 4, so the link will go live tomorrow. This final survey asks you to provide feedback / reflect on various aspects of the course and your experiences in it, from the vantage point of the end-of-the-semester (keep in mind that you will be in a really good position to share your feedback, as you will have just reviewed all of your work in the course for the Final Reflection so it is fresh in your mind!). As with the prior surveys, I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness in completing this survey and reflection. Responses help me to better understand your experiences in the course and to provide a (even!) better course experience for future students. 

I’m going to keep this final Weekly post brief, to allow you to get back to working on those all-important revisions! But just a few additional notes about wrapping up the semester:

A friendly reminder that my last Office Hours of the semester are this morning, from 10:00-11:00am. Anything you need to discuss individually with me, this is the time for it. I look forward to seeing many of you there! (As always, you can also drop questions below or email me).

The deadline for faculty to submit final course grades for the Fall 2022 semester is Tuesday, 12/27 at midnight. Please wait to view your course grade online through CUNYfirst (I will not be giving out final course grades via e-mail). Final grades are non-negotiable, though I am always more than happy to discuss them, review the breakdown, the grades’ rationale, or provide additional feedback on your work. Please feel free to email me with any questions about grades after 12/27. Before reaching out, make sure to review all of your grades (and the written comments in the darkened chat bubble next to the letter grade) in OpenLab Gradebook on this course site.

For our last low-stakes discussion:

By tonight, drop a comment below for your classmates, who have been on this journey with you all semester. Communicate anything you’d like to them … it could be gratitude for your work together this semester, good wishes for the future, invitations to stay in touch … anything, really. One final message to our community here, as we wrap up the semester.

Finally, it was a pleasure to work with you all this semester. I wish you the best of luck wrapping up the semester and on your final exams and projects, and in your future endeavors at City Tech, & beyond. To reiterate my opening comments above, you worked incredibly hard this semester, and I really appreciate your consistent effort and presence each week. I hope you enjoyed yourselves and learned a lot about writing, reading, critical thinking, research, and reflection (and maybe even a bit about yourself in the process!). Be proud of all your have accomplished and how much you have grown!

Have a wonderful winter break & happy holiday season, and may the new year bring you all much health, happiness, and success. I welcome staying in touch, so feel free to send me an email to say and let me how you’re doing from time to time. Perhaps I’ll see you in my future courses at City Tech, and maybe we’ll even get to cross paths in the real world on campus. Either way, wishing you all the very best!

Thanks all, happy drafting & revising, good luck with finals, and have a wonderful week  🙂


  1. Brandon Rivera

    I can’t believe it is already over, I feel like we just started. Thank you for being great assistance throughout each Unit and giving us the best feedback for each project. I wish everyone happy holidays and good luck in future endeavors.

  2. Jamani Anderson

    I feel like overall this semester was wonderful and I feel like I learned so much in this course. I mean to know that’s it’s ending I appreciate all the tips and tricks to help us get through these assignments the best that we can and finally I just wanna say thank you and appreciate it Professor Jill Belli for everything throughout this course.

  3. Henry Ren

    In a blink of an eye, a semester has already passed. Even so, it definitely felt long at times, and it was all still very worth it. I hope everybody gets a good outcome and wellbeing after this semester. Happy holidays.

  4. Neal Ross

    Happy holidays guys!!! This Upcoming break is much needed after this semester. We have all worked really hard and learned a lot from this course. Make sure you take this break to rest up and relax cuz before you know it we will be in the spring semester and back to the grind. One more day to work on these finals, let’s push thru. I hope everyone is satisfied with their grades. Thanks for all the comments and support this semester. 🙂

  5. DavidP

    This semester has taught me a lot about being more self-autonomous with my work and I plan on using this experience in future semesters. The upcoming break is definitely well needed, and I hope you all enjoy it.

  6. Khandoker

    Somebody once told me

    The world is gonna roll me

    I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed

    She was looking kinda dumb

    With her finger and her thumb

    In shape of an “L” on her forehead

  7. Jill Belli

    Thanks all for these comments and the Unit 4 submissions. I’m enjoying reading your work!

    Thanks also to those of you who submitted the Final Survey & Reflection (linked on the Schedule), and a friendly reminder to those of you that are still working on it that it’s due tonight.

    And … with that, that’s a wrap! Happy winter break 🙂

  8. Jill Belli

    Heads-up that many of you still need to submit the final assignment: Final Survey & Reflection. This is a required (not optional) assignment that counts towards your final grade.

    I’ll hold off on submitting Final Grades to the college to allow folks to get these in and receive the credit for it. If you haven’t done so already, please submit this work to me ASAP, but no later than 12/23.

    Again, the link to the Google Form is on the Schedule (under Week 18). Thanks all!

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