I'm so hot, I'm on FIRE.
First off, in my American Cinema class, we got back our papers. Now, my professor started by reminding us that if we got lower than a B (a B- or below), we could take the paper to the University Writing Center, and next week turn in a revised draft for a letter grade raise. He also stated that he graded some papers down on purpose so that people would be forced to go to the UWC to "improve their writing."
Needless to say, I was a little terrified, especially because I didn't think I really followed the instructions very well.
But. I got an A. A nice, bright, shiny A on the top of my paper. Not only that, but the comments were really positive (the paper was well-organized, I "understand how to present an idea and then how to support it with examples from the film and [my] research"). It's always nice to get confirmation that I know what I'm doing when it comes to writing a film research paper.
Second, I checked my History of Prints exam grade. If you'll recall, I stated: "I'm going to fail tomorrow's test, and then the class, then have to take summer school in order to graduate. I don't know if they even offer upper-level art history classes during the summer...so I'm going to fail and have to wait until fall to finish my requirements to graduate."
Well, I got an 84. Far from failing...in fact, it's really good. And better than I was expecting.
It is also nice to know that I have an effective way to study for these exams (finally). I've worked out a system for going over my notes and finding what's important, and it works, so that's excellent.
Third, I got back my Theory and Criticism in Art History practice quiz, which doesn't really count for anything, but acts as a barometer for where I am in the course and how prepared I am for the midterm next week.
And I got a √+. Woo-hoo. I am in a good position to take this midterm.
Fourth, we got back our art reviews (a written paper assignment) in the same class. And my professor is a hard grader, which she mentioned in class saying that a 90 is a huge accomplishment.
I got a 94, and the comments were spectacular. Well, I took them as being spectacular. It said "excellent" with little hash marks around it (like sun rays). And under that, it says "shows really learning about this 'art-writing'" which is good because I am SUPER self-conscious about my art writing. I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing most of the time and that I don't have the affinity for art history that most do.
So that was HUGE for me.
So to sum up, I've gotten really high grades, I have a good grasp on how to write critical research papers about film AND art, and I know how to prepare and study for my art history exams.
Oy. Things are finally falling into place.