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Scripting Shelby: Meet Anna

by Shelby on February 22, 2013

Today’s song: “Something” by The Beatles (chosen by Anna herself)

Today I introduce you to one of my close friends. She’s not only an English Education major (which makes you automatically cool, didn’t you know?), but co-section leader of the flutes in the CSU marching band. So what else makes this girl awesome?

Albuquerque girl

Anna hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico and comes to CSU thanks to the competitive WUE scholarship. And though she’s not a fan of the cold, ask her, Colorado is “where she wants to be!” However, she took a semester break from the awesomeness that is Colorado, to study abroad at the University of Leicester in (I’m still supremely jealous) England.

Anna co-leads the flutes in the CSU marching band, plays for the pep band (the band that plays at basketball games), and this semester joined the concert band. Ask her, her favorite part of playing in the band is “the community. I have met some amazing friends by being in the band.” Of course, going to Dublin, Ireland to play in the Saint Patty’s Day Parade isn’t a bad perk either.

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As you might have noticed, Anna is a bit of a fan of The Beatles. But that’s not her only Fangirl instance. Anna proudly watches each and every episode of The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. With me. And will be doing more so as we have decided to live together next leasing term. And we will both be student teaching at the same time. We have decided this will go very well or very badly.

It’s hard to put any person into the length of a blog. And I don’t think I’ve done Anna justice, so I leave you with this photo that may help.

Until next time, readers.

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Scripting Shelby: The Perks of Being an English Major

by Shelby on October 18, 2012

Today’s Song: “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

Most people think about the papers, the reading, and the literary criticism and think: “wouldn’t want to be an English major.” But those people haven’t heard of the many perks of being an English major. Especially at CSU.

Need to catch up on reading?

Don’t worry, around exactly this time of the semester, the English department has a wonderful two days where all English classes are canceled—unless your professor is a despicable human being of course. Reading days, they are called, and generally are used to catch up on the actual mountain of reading to do. And yet, professors know, you most likely won’t be reading on your now four-day weekend. 4268238013_dff786af9b

It’s a mini vacation granted, so today and tomorrow I don’t have a single class (perks of being a junior English major since I’m not taking anything but English classes). So what does this mean? I’m getting out of Fort Collins and headed back to the mountains for the first time since mid-July.

While I may be blasé

I probably will be reading a lot of the time this weekend. Reading days may just seem like a fun little vacation from school, they are quite necessary for those multiple lit class semesters. Generally, I’m required to read a book a week for each of my lit classes, along with reading for all of my other classes.

Many people are quite disgruntled at the fact that their major is just as intensive with homework but fail to get any homework days. To them, I am sorry that their major department isn’t as understanding as the English department. And also, try reading two books as long as (and unfortunately, as interesting as) David Copperfield in a week.

Until Tuesday dear readers, as I return with stories from my quest to get out of Fort Collins.

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Scripting Shelby: A Major Competition

by Shelby on October 11, 2012

Today’s Song: “Eddy’s Concubine” by Eddy from Ohio

CSU is a great campus, is full of great people, and a great place to learn (great doesn’t even sound like a word anymore). But like any place that has people, there are stereotypes. The ones I’m talking about are relational to majors.

Which is harder?

My sister is a Zoology major, and many other friends of mine are also science majors. We have had regular debates about which is harder, an English Education major or one of the sciences. Clearly, we pretentioushave never quite agreed with one another.

The problem is, no matter the major, it’s still college, and yes it is hard. Especially when all your classes are major concentrated rather than electives. I get to write at least two papers a week, whereas my sister has a test every other week (or so it seems on both accounts). Both majors have their merits and their I-want-to-bang-my-head-against-the-desk moments. The latter seeming more frequent.

English majors are pretentious and science majors are nerds

Another stereotype that sometimes seems true, depending on the people you meet. I myself will admit that I honestly wasn’t friends with any English majors my entire freshman year because the ones I was meeting did seem to hold true to the stereotype. Now, half my friends are English Education or other concentrations.

steve-urkelThe way that science majors are described as nerds a lot of the time does not match the hipster I-wear-glasses-and-watch-old-school-movies kind of nerd that has become quite cool over the past couple of years. I mean the Urkele kind of nerd that no one really wants to talk to kind of nerd. The thing is, most science majors I have met, do not coincide whatsoever. We’re all dorks and nerds here at CSU, because we’re here to learn. We like learning and that is the very definition of grade school-high school nerd.

Until Tuesday, my non-stereotypical readers.


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Scripting Shelby: Yesterday

by Shelby on October 4, 2012

Today’s Song: “Yesterday” by The Beatles

Yesterday, which is the surprising beginning to this blog, was a very important day for us college students at CSU. Yesterday was the middle of the semester. And that means one thing. Midterms.

Cue the dramatic music

Midterms for an English major are not like other majors. There’s more shrieking in frustration over a paper, rather than moaning over studying for tests. Indeed, midterms are quite different among the majors. But they do have one thing in common; they’re all quite depressing and destressing.midterms

I make this blog short because unfortunately, as I am an English major, I’ve got plenty of papers to shriek in frustration at. And even more unfortunately that I seem to be taking more education classes hidden under the guise of English, I also have a couple tests.

Do not pity me

While many a college student jockeys for position of most horrible and degrading field of study, myself included, it is not the place of this blog to complain too terribly much. So when you’re comparing midterm schedules comfort each other in your shared misery. You may not know this, but apparently, misery loves company. Who knew?

Short and sweet like I promised. I hope all of you also found time to watch the Presidential Debate. Until Tuesday.

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Scripting Shelby: Release Your Inner Crayon Enthusiast

by Shelby on October 2, 2012

Today’s Song: “You Don’t Make it Easy Babe” by Josh Ritter

Sometimes, being in the education concentration calls for you to step out of your adult shoes and remember what it is like to be a student. Sometimes that means developing assessment plans that will evaluate how well your students understand the material. And sometimes, that means delving into fun lessons you would pass along. At that moment while I am always thinking of how I might use those lessons, I start to remember what it was that made me fall in love with learning. What made me fall in love with the English language.

Grammar lessons renewed

I wish that everyone could take English Language for Teachers 1 (though of course it does vary by professor as with any class). Where else could you talk about the beauty of words (and of course how those words can be turned from nonsense into awesome band names), and the basics of words? Teaching-Grammar-Through-Writing-Polette-Keith-9780132565998

Perhaps this is just my inner word nerd making itself known to the whole world, but I find stepping back into the shoes of secondary students can be quite fun. As long as I don’t actually have to be a teenager again. No one wants that.

Alliteration and Annagrams (it’s spelled wrong on purpose)

Today, my English Language class we explored teaching grammar through the clever use of patterned poems. My favorite (or at least favorite resulting poem) was the Alliterative Character Poem. It goes like this:

Line 1: Name the character.

Line 2: use at least four words beginning with the first letter of the character’s name to tell where he/she/it lives.

Line 3: Use at least four words beginning with the same letter to tell what the character eats or does.

Line 4: Using the same letter, tell four things the character likes to do.

Line 5: The last line (using as many words with the same letter as possible), tell about some special power or talent the character has.

My end result, using a fellow classmate as a character:


Ambles aimlessly in arid Albuquerque.

Anna ate an apple (and didn’t like it).

Anna aggravates and annoys her Algebra.

Anna aims an arrow at the heart of her Evan.

Somehow, all my non-serious poetry ends up ridiculous. Until Thursday, marvelous, magnificent readers.

Poem pattern taken from Keith Polette’s “Teaching Grammar through Writing.”