"The Dog Ate My Disk and Other Tales of Woe" reflection
August 31, 2006
Reading response #1
“The Dog Ate My Disk, And Other Tales Of Woe” essay written by Caroline Foster Segal is pretty humorous because of the sarcasm that she used. Segal writes about her experienced with student excuses and even categorized them into the family excuses, the best friend, the evils of dorm life, the evils of technology, and the totally bizarre. It is also funny because we might have used some of the reasons that she writes or at last our friends did. For example, “There was an emergency at home, and I had to help my family.” I think students trying to get away with project deadlines, homework, or exams are common. That ‘s why in USF, the teachers always give several unexcused absences before they give the students some punishments.
Segal’s experiences shaped her mind to be very aware of her students so that she will not get easily fooled. It is very hard to give those students punishment too because teachers might not have prove whether what their students were saying are true or not. In her essay, I think some of her students gave obvious lie, which is very nonsensical, for example, “ She was throwing up blood”.