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 Fourteen: Success & Great Celebrations!

Week Fourteen

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, 6/4 at 5 p.m.

Absolute Deadline for ePortfolio, 6/4 at 5 p.m.

Congratulations on finishing LIF 101! 

Please stop by to see Liz to discuss your final grade! 
Final Grade Conferences (Optional)

Monday, 11 June 2018

10:30 a.m. To 12:30 p.m. in E-103 H

Completed Units:

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): (

          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:

            "Study Liberal Arts and Gain Power" (

            "Why Study the Liberal Arts" (


            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 Six

            Monday, 9 April 2018

            Time Management! Weekly Hero discussion; Discussion of readings; Discussion of co-curriculars

            • 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; Major Project assigned

            • Homework: 
            • Begin Major Project (see schedule)

            Thursday, 12 April 2018

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

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

            Week Six Key Resources:

            Quiz: What Should I Major In?


            College Major Quiz:


            LaGuardia Liberal Arts Advising Curriculum Overview and Course Sequence:

            Weekly Hero:

            Gitanjali Rao 


            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 Seven

            Monday, 16 April 2018

            Discuss Reading; Weekly Hero discussion; Brainstorming for Project

            • Homework:
            • None (except working on your Time Management Spreadsheet AND Hero Project)

            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

            Class Cancelled

            Thursday, 19 April 2018

            Continued discussion of "In Case of Emergency" in Secrets of College Success; Review of articles & texts for project; supported research session; Discuss Pathways, How to choose potential courses, Advisement session #5: Pathways overview; Investigate Pathways requirements and potential courses

            • Homework:
            • PATHWAYS worksheet for next Monday, preparing for Monday's Academic Planning day. The two worksheets are attached in "Content" on Blackboard.

            Week Seven 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 Eight

            Monday, 23 April 2018

            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

            • Homework:
            • Continue Project
            • Due in Class: Pathways Worksheets x 2

            Tuesday, 24 April 2018

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

            Wednesday, 25 April 2018

            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; Supported Research Session 

            • Homework: 
            • Continue Project 

            Week Eight 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 Nine

            Monday, 30 April 2018

            Supported Research Session; Weekly Hero discussion; Choosing Courses

            • Homework: 
            • Continue Project 
            • Complete draft outline for project

            Tuesday, 1 May 2018

            Complete Understanding Myself

            Wednesday, 2 May 2018

            Supported Research; MLA Citations (In Text); Choosing Courses

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

            Thursday, 3 May 2018

            Discussion of readings; MLA Citations (Works Cited); Choosing Courses

            • Homework:
            • Complete & Print 3 copies of project for Monday's Peer Review

            Week Nine 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 Ten

            Monday, 7 May 2018

            Peer Review of Project: Bring 3 copies of your project to class. 

              Tuesday, 8 May 2018

              Complete Career Planning

              Wednesday, 9 May 2018

               Mini Presentations--Top Tips

              • Homework: 
              • Project

              Thursday, 10 May 2018

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

              • Homework: 
              • Read 1-10 in Binti
              • If you are choosing to rewrite "About Me," it's due on 5/16
              • Due by 5 p.m.: Project

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

              Week Ten 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 Eleven

              Monday, 14 May 2018

              Introduction to Binti; Career & Transfer Services; Discussion of Binti; Reflection #2 Assigned;

              • 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 Eleven 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 Twelve

              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 Twelve 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 Thirteen

              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

              Monday, 4 June 2018: Absolute Deadline for ePortfolio

              Week Thirteen Key Resources:

              Weekly Hero: Jonas Salk


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