LIF 101.454A (60086): The Heroic Journey

Course Calendar
Spring I 2018

Please note: this is an intended itinerary for the semester. Dates and topics may change, based on class need. If a due date for an assignment is changed, it will always be LATER, never earlier. This calendar will be updated with all changes to reflect where we are in class. Changes will also be discussed in class. If you miss class, you should actively check our course calendar and BlackBoard to ensure that you are up-to-date on our schedule.

Week Four: Meeting With The Mentor

“The hero comes across a seasoned traveler of the worlds who gives him or her training, equipment, or advice that will help on the journey.  Or the hero reaches within to a source of courage and wisdom.”

Week Four

Monday, 26 March 2018

Discuss “Habits of Mind,” such as persistence, meta-cognition, thinking interdependently, listening with understanding and empathy, etc.; Weekly Hero discussion

  •  Homework:
  • Complete Your "About Me" statement

     Tuesday, 27 March 2018

    Due in Studio Hour: About Me (Reflection #1). Post the draft on ePortfolio AND in BlackBoard. You will be able to update this later after Liz has read and responded to the draft of your "About Me" statement in BlackBoard with suggestions for changes.

    Wednesday, 28 March 2018

    Advisement session #3: Discussion of different learning styles

    Thursday, 29 March 2018

    Discussion of homework; What are the Liberal Arts? Review of tag lines from Studio Hour. 

    • Homework:
    • Read Chapter 3: Skills 3.0 (all of it!) in Secrets of College Success
    • Happy Spring Break!

    Week Four Key Resources:


    Weekly Hero:

    Huey P. Newton

    Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

    Happy Spring Break! 

    No Classes March 30-April 8th

    Crossing The Threshold

    “At the end of Act One, the hero commits to leaving the Ordinary World and entering a new region or condition with unfamiliar rules and values.” 

    Week Five

    Monday, 9 April 2018

    Time Management! Weekly Hero discussion

    • Homework:
    • Read Chapter 5, "It's Show Time!" in Secrets of College Success

    Tuesday, 10 April 2018

    Begin Time Management Tracking exercise! Also, How to submit for assessment (and why!)

    Wednesday, 11 April 2018

    Discussion of readings; Advisement #4:  Discussion of LaGuardia’s AA degree and the LA major - requirements and options; Major Project assigned

    • Homework: 
    • Begin Major Project (see schedule)

    Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Brainstorming for project (in class); Case Studies & Problem Solving

    • Homework: 
    • Read Chapter 7 of Secrets of College Success (all of it!)

    Week Five Key Resources:

    Weekly Hero:

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

    Tests, Allies & Enemies

    “The hero is tested and sorts out allegiances in the Special World.”

    Week Six

    Monday, 16 April 2018

    Discuss Reading; Discuss Pathways, How to choose potential courses, Advisement session #5: Pathways overview; Investigate Pathways requirements and potential courses; Weekly Hero discussion

    • Homework:
    • PATHWAYS worksheet for next Monday, preparing for next Monday's Academic Planning day (you have a week to do this). The two worksheets are attached in "Content" on Blackboard. 

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018

    Post Time Management spreadsheet; analyze data; compare spreadsheets

    • Homework:
    • Post Time Management Discussion Response in BlackBoard and on ePortfolio! 

    Wednesday, 18 April 2018

    Continued discussion of "In Case of Emergency" in Secrets of College Success; Review of articles & texts for project; supported research session

    Thursday, 19 April 2018

    Supported research session; studying subjects you think you don't like; Why are there additional requirements for your major?; What is general education and why should you care?

    • Homework:
    • Do Check In Survey #2
    • Complete project outline, Continue project planning 

    Week Six Key Resources:

    Pathways at LaGuardia

    CUNY Pathways Overview

    LaGuardia Community College Catalog

    Weekly Hero:

    Nydia Velazquez

    Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (


    “The hero and newfound allies prepare for the major challenge in the Special world.”

    Week Seven

    Monday, 23 April 2018

    Discuss reading; Academic planning & Transfer planning; Review of grades & course success planning; Advisement #6: Review selected courses for next semester; Review of "About Me" statements; Weekly Hero discussion

    Due in class: Project outline

    • Homework:
    • Continue Project

    Tuesday, 24 April 2018

    Academic planning & Transfer planning (complete these sections on the ePortfolio)

    Wednesday, 25 April 2018

    Discussion of reading; Course Planning; Scholarships & PTK; Advisement #7: Educational Plan B — when the course you want is not offered

    • Homework:
    • Continue Project

    Thursday, 26 April 2018

    MLA Style & Plagiarism; Reviewing Model Papers

    • Homework: 
    • Prepare a draft of your project for class on Monday.
    • Print 3 copies of your project for peer review
    • Extra Credit: Scavenger Hunt! 

    Week Seven Key Resources:

    LaGuardia Foundation Scholarships


    Phi Theta Kappa

    Weekly Hero:

    June Jordan

    Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

    The Ordeal

    “Near the middle of the story, the hero enters a central space in the Special World and confronts death or faces his or her greatest fear.  Out of the moment of death comes a new life.” 

    **Sign Up For An Appointment With Liz For Advisement

    Please bring a PRINT OUT of your Degree Works with you. 

    Week Eight

    Monday, 30 April 2018

    Peer Review of Project; bring 2 copies of your draft to class; Weekly Hero discussion

    Tuesday, 1 May 2018

    Complete Understanding Myself

    Wednesday, 2 May 2018

    What's Financial Aid? How Do I Get Scholarships? Scavenger Hunt Assigned

    • Homework:
    • Read Chapter 6, "Interfacing with the Professor" in Secrets of College Success

    Thursday, 3 May 2018

    Discussion of readings; Project Self-Assessment

    Due by 5 p.m.: Project (on BlackBoard)

    Week Eight Key Resources:

    Purdue University Online Writing Lab

    MLA Workshop

    LaGuardia Citation Tools (for Works Cited. Make sure you use MLA 8)

    Weekly Hero: 3 Types of Heroes in Harry Potter

    Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

    The Reward

    “The hero takes possession of the treasure won by facing death.  There may be celebration, but there is also danger of losing the treasure again.”

    **Sign Up For An Appointment With Liz For Advisement

    Please bring a PRINT OUT of your Degree Works with you. 

    Week Nine

    Monday, 7 May 2018

    Introduction to Binti

      Tuesday, 8 May 2018

      Complete Career Planning

      Wednesday, 9 May 2018

       Mini Presentations--Top Tips; Reflection #2 Assigned

      • Homework: 
      • Read 1-10 in Binti

      Thursday, 10 May 2018

      Discussion of liberal arts colleges versus universities, public vs. private colleges, CUNY vs. SUNY; Mini Presentations--Top Tips

      • Homework: 
      • Do Check In Survey #3
      • Read 10-20 in Binti
      • If you are choosing to rewrite "About Me," it's due on 5/16

      Please note: 5/10 is the last day to WITHDRAW from a class.

      Week Nine Key Resources:

      Nnedi Okafor

      Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

      Sci-Fi Stories That Imagine a Future Africa

      Weekly Hero: Andrew Manzi

      Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

      The Road Back

      “About three-fourths of the way through the story, the hero is driven to complete the adventure, leaving the Special World to be sure the treasure is brought home.  Often a chase scene signals the urgency and danger of the mission.”

      Week Ten

      Monday, 14 May 2018

      Career & Transfer Services; Discussion of Binti

      • Homework: 
      • Read 10-20 in Binti

      Tuesday, 15 May 2018

      Post 1 Co-Curricular Reflection on ePortfolio AND in BlackBoard; Complete Making Connections (appropriate to your credit level)

      Wednesday, 16 May 2018

      Discussion of Binti; Revisiting career opportunities for liberal arts majors; Explore educational, career & life goals (5-year plan); Advisement session #8: Career exploration 

      Due Today: Rewrite of your "About Me" 

      Thursday, 17 May 2018

      Case Studies: My Major Isn't Going As Planned! 

      Due Today: Reflection #2

      • Homework: 
      • Read 20-30 in Binti

      Week Ten Key Resources:

      Career Development and Transfer Resources from the Library

      Center for Career & Professional Development

      Transfer Services

      Weekly Hero: Sojourner Truth

      Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

      The Resurrection

      “At the climax, the hero is severely tested once more on the threshold of home.  He or she is purified by a last sacrifice, another moment of death and rebirth, but on a higher and more complete level.  By the hero’s action, the polarities that were in conflict at the beginning are finally resolved.”

      Week Eleven

      Monday, 21 May 2018

      Review: Citation Workshop; Discussion of Binti; the value of graduating with an AA in liberal arts; Review campus resources: What to do & where to go for help; Advisement session #9: Graduation requirements, the AA degree & beyond; Advising next semester

      • Homework: 
      • Finish Binti

      Tuesday, 22 May 2018

      Student Survey; Supported Workshop Session for Presentations (Tech Help, Last Minute Practice)

      Wednesday, 23 May 2018


      Thursday, 24 May 2018


      Week Eleven Key Resources:

      Weekly Hero: Demi Lovato

      Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

      Return With The Elixir

      “The hero returns home or continues the journey, bearing some element of the treasure that has the power to transform the world as the hero has been transformed.”

      Week Twelve

      Monday, 28 May 2018

      No Classes at LaGuardia: Memorial Day

      Tuesday, 29 May 2018

      ePortfolio Peer Review; Double Check All ePortfolio Sections

      Wednesday, 30 May 2018


      Thursday, 31 May 2018

      Binti! (Prepping for final reflection) What's Next? Advisement #10: Looking Ahead at LaGuardia & Beyond; Getting Grades; Working With Professors AFTER the semester

      Friday, 1 June 2018: Absolute Deadline for ePortfolio

      Week Twelve Key Resources:

      Weekly Hero: Jonas Salk

      Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

      Week Thirteen: Success & Great Celebrations!

      Week Thirteen

      Monday, 4 June 2018

      Final In-Class Reflection 

      Please note: Today is the last day of classes for Spring I 2018. Tomorrow, 6/5 is reading day. The college will be open, but there are no classes. This is a good day to come to campus to study for final examinations. Finals Week begins on 6/6 and runs through 6/12. There is no final examination in this course. You will want to check the schedule in all of your other courses to make sure you know when the final examination is being administered. 

      Due: Absolute Deadline for any My Hero Project Revisions

      Congratulations on finishing LIF 101! Please see your "pumpkin" notice in BlackBoard AND the link for office hours to meet with Liz about your final grade. 


      Welcome to College:

      Leaving The Ordinary World

      “The hero, uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware, is introduced sympathetically so the audience can identify with the situation or dilemma. The hero is shown against a background of environment, heredity, and personal history. Some kind of polarity in the hero’s life is pulling in different directions and causing stress.”



      Week One

      Monday, 5 March 2018

      Welcome, Syllabus Introduction & Course Overview

      • Homework:
      • Read "A Memo to My Students" by Maryellen Weimer.
      • Bring your notes on this article to class.
      • Purchase both books for the class, either online or in the campus bookstore. We will begin with The Secrets of College Success on Thursday night. 
      • Complete the brief questions at this link:

      Tuesday, 6 March 2018

      Introduction to Studio Hour; Introduction to ePortfolio

      Wednesday, 7 March 2018

      Class cancelled due to weather                            

        Please note: 3/7 is the last day to ADD or Change a course AND the last day to DROP a class without a “WD” grade

        Thursday, 8 March 2018

        Check In! Double Checking email addresses! What is a Heroic Journey? Setting Up for Success; Discussion of Homework

        • Homework:
        • Post your notes from "A Memo To My Students" in BlackBoard   
        • Please make sure you have completed the brief questions at this link: 
        • Read "10 Things You Need to Know About College," "15 Habit of College Students," "10 Worst Self-Defeating Myths" in The Secrets of College Success. 

        Week One Key Resources: 

        The Academic Calendar: 

        LaGuardia Community College Catalog:

        "A Memo to My Students"

        "What is the Hero's Journey?"                         

        The Call to Adventure! 

        “Something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within, so the hero must face the beginnings of change.”

        Week Two

        Monday, 12 March 2018

        Discussion of the homework; Advisement Session #1: Discussion of LaGuardia’s advising structure including the LA Advising Team

        • Homework:
        • Research a hero who has taken a journey. How did education help him/her in his journey? (Does not need to be "formal" education). Post a 1 paragraph response on BlackBoard, along with any links you used to do your research!

        Tuesday, 13 March 2018

        Choose template for ePortfolio; Find a picture of your hero for your homework assignment. Also, create a meme for your educational journey: what's ahead? 

          Wednesday, 14 March 2018

          Library Orientation; Meet in E-101 B for a library orientation

            Thursday, 15 March 2018

            Advisement Session #1, cont'd: Introduction to college calendar, review of college policies such as attendance, drop and withdrawal dates, financial aid, bursar cancellations, etc.; Meme Share! Discussion of your heroes; Note Taking

            Please note: 3/18 is the last day to drop a course with a “WD” designation. The college's official Withdrawal period begins on 3/19. Dropped classes have a “W” designation on your transcript. 

            Week Two Key Resources: 

            Cornell Note Taking Template:


            Course Notes Template: 


            Liberal Arts Advising at LaGuardia: 

            My LaGuardia:                                          

            Daniel Pink's "The Puzzle of Motivation" 

            "Learning About Malala"                                               

            Weekly Hero:

            Malala Yousafzai


            Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (

            Week Three:

            Refusal of the Call

            "“The hero feels the fear of the unknown and tries to turn away from the adventure, however briefly.  Alternately, another character may express the uncertainty and danger ahead.”

            Week Three

            Monday, 19 March 2018

            Advisement Session #1, cont'd: Review of college policies such as attendance, drop and withdrawal dates, financial aid, bursar cancellations, etc.; Meme Share! Discussion of your heroes; Note Taking

            • Homework:
            • Post on BlackBoard: What is your Autonomy, Mastery, & Purpose?
            • Read "15 Things to Do The Week Before College," "Top Ten Secrets of the Syllabus," and "10 Questions to Ask Yourself the First Week of Classes." Bonus Points for reading "13 Signs of a Bad Professor!" (Readings from Secrets of College Success)

            Tuesday, 20 March 2018

            Post a photo, create a tag line. Begin to prepare your "About Me" space with photos.

            Wednesday, 21 March 2018

            Classes cancelled due to weather

              Thursday, 22 March 2018

              Discussion of homework; Examining "About Me" statements; Weekly Hero discussion ; Advisement session #2: Introduction to My LaGuardia (DegreeAudit, CUNYFirst, email, etc.); Introduction to campus resources; What are co-curricular activities? Why do we have co-curriculars? What are clubs? About Me Assigned!

              Week Three Key Resources:

              Co-Curricular Activities at LaGuardia:                       

              Clubs at LaGuardia:                                                     

              Writing Center                                                               

              "Study Liberal Arts and Gain Power"           

              "Why Study the Liberal Arts"                     

              "Habits of Mind"                                                    

              "Habits of Mind" chart                                           

              Weekly Hero:

              Katsuko Saruhashi


              Optional Homework: Nominate a weekly "in depth" hero (optional--if not, I'll choose one): (