Mathochism: Writing concerns
It wasn’t awful, or filled with surprises. Still, I’ll be happy if I scrape a B. There were three proofs on it, as promised. One indirect, two direct. I did my best with each, but messed up near the end of at least one, and skipped a step on the other. Uchitel promised he will give partial credit on those problems, so I’m hoping for the best.
But I have another concern. My handwriting is not great. Part of that, I confess, is a lack of application on my part as a child, but a bigger part is that my RA has made my fingers less than limber. Writing legibly is therefore always a challenge, but even more so when I have to do it quickly, or in a cramped space. (Why is it that test designers seldom give you enough space?) Proofs, particularly proofs in paragraph form, involve a lot of writing. This test involved A LOT of writing.
Does this mean I could fail simply because Uchitel loses patience with my lousy handwriting? I’m going to have to wait and see. I do have a solution for this, though. I will talk to him and explain the situation, translate as necessary, then ask if I can just have more scratch paper in future. The more space, the bigger I can make my letters, the easier it is to make them clear. I don’t think that is too much to ask. If he balks, I may have to invoke the Americans With Disabilities Act.
I don’t enjoy invoking things, generally. I also don’t want to come across as if I’m asking for special favors, or malingering. But I don’t want my disability to get in the way of success, either — not if there is a simpler solution.
But he seems like a decent guy. Our few personal interactions have been positive. I haven’t whined at him or argued with him. I’ve gone to every class, done my homework, studied. Hopefully, he won’t see “Whitney” as a problem, but a student eager to learn who has an obstacle to overcome.
Eek. We’ll see how it goes.
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