So I'm back home in New York now and I just checked my grades. I got an A+ in Bangla, and I did very well in all of my other classes. I've met my goal of getting an A in Bangla, BUT at the same time I'm not satisfied with how I did this semester. My plan to do well in the class was to improve in the following:
- IMPROVE SPELLING
- FIRST-YEAR BANGLA MISTAKES
- NO MORE LATENESSES/ABSENCES
- STOP SPEAKING BANGLA LIKE AN AMERICAN
- PRACTICE DAILY
- KEEP A JOURNAL CHARTING MY PROGRESS
- VOCABULARY LIST
However, out of all of these, the only thing I really improved in or maintained was not being late or absent that much this semester. I participated in class a lot and I followed the class syllabus very closely and did well on all the assignments/quizzes which is why I received a high grade, but I couldn't put in the time to substantially improve my spelling, regularly learn new vocabulary, or keep a journal charting my progress. I really tried this semester. I started out doing everything like I planned, but I simply couldn't put in the extra time to maintain it with all the constraints I had from other classes. This is why I'm glad that I got an A+, but regretful that I wasn't able to wield a better grasp of the language in my last semester of Bangla, which is why I'm going to make an effort to learn on my own this summer and afterwards. I think it's smart of Fatema to take up Third-Year Bangla, where she'll be the only student because she'll be able to really improve on her weaknesses, like Celeste did. Learning a complex language like Bangla really does take a lot of time, and you have to put in work individually and do things outside of classwork. However, having taken four semesters of Bangla, I feel like I have a really good foundation for reading stories and newspapers on which I can build up on very quickly on my own. I just have to expand my vocabulary and improve my spelling, and I know I can do this quickly if I put my own time into it.
I've had an excellent time hanging out with all of you and I'm looking forward to seeing some of you next semester. In my four years at UofM, Mandira is the professor that I have been most close with and I haven't had a professor who has cared more about her students or who was more passionate about seeing her students learn. I hope all of you have a great summer, and I hope that my Bangla will continue to improve this summer on my own as I read the newspapers every week.
I'll be posting about my life every now and then on the blog. Look out for them.