Great Story… However (Not Hating, Just Saying)

This is a cool story about a student who turned his own search for scholarships and his personal quest to fund his own education into an app that would help others. Great. Story.

On the other hand, as you read into the linked report, you see what one can only assume are quotes from the student/app developer that beg a couple of questions. some of the quoted text:

“That’s scholarships that don’t necessarily look at GPA”

Let us dissect a bit. “That’s” is a contraction of the words “that” and “is” so the un-contracted sentence would read, “That is scholarships that don’t…” I’m not trying to be a hater, I’m simply pointing out that this student might not have put all those scholarships he found to very good use if this is his conceptualization of appropriate grammar. And I know I’m guilty of the more-than-occasional typographical error, so I am not the “pot” in this scenario, calling the “kettle” black. I’m pointing out that it takes very little to be discredited. It would be a real shame if some simply dismiss this wonderful tool for students because the developer did not appropriately self-edit, knowing that his audience was going to contain more than one “academic.” 

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About Art

I'm the Director of Academic Advising at Quincy College. I'm hoping this can be a place to express the occasional thought that may mean something to someone. . .we'll see. I'm also a musician--I play the string bass in primarily the jazz and classical idioms (though I love many kinds of music and have played everything from folk and bluegrass to new wave and hard rock). And, as an Italian-American, I love good food and good wine. . .basically,don't be surprised by posts on any of the topics mentioned above ;)
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