Opinion Piece on Peter Boghissian's Letter of Resignation

When I first read the letter I was stunned. All the allegations that this man faced to the point where they got his wife and children involved. But the most shocking part about this letter was to find out who complained about this professor, it was the students. Our generation is known to be accepting and free minded. However, in this letter he is accusing them of calling him out just because he wants to do his job.

Boghissian humiliated the university board, which in my opinion is his right. He teaches pseudoscience and the philosophy of education, he is meant to introduce different perspectives of a topic even if he does not agree with them. This allows his students to think more critically because they know more than one side of a theory. The university is just trying to shelter the students of this university, which I find is absurd.

The students are 18-22 years old or older, they made the decision to take this course and looked at the syllabus. They have the option to change majors which suits them better, instead they are taking part of an "operation" that discourages different points of views and does not allow us to ask important questions. This also takes away the chance for students who have a passion to hear other people's opinions and ask these kinds of questions.

Paper 1 Practice Exercises

Page 59 from Voice Lessons

In the midst of poverty and want, Felix carried with pleasure to his sister the first little white flower that peeped out from beneath the snowy ground.

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Page 64 from Voice Lessons

The rainy night had ushered in a misty morning - half frost, half drizzle - and temporary brooks crossed our path, gurgling from the uplands.

- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

  1. The author uses visual elements to describe the environment that the place is set in. For example: "misty" creates an environment of vagueness and blur which entails that the day will become a mystery. Other words such as "frost" and "drizzle" create a cold environment.

She also uses auditory elements to catch the reader's attention. The words: "gurgling", "drizzle" and "ushered" are used to invoke a more vivid image of the scenario which draws the reader's attention to smaller details.

  1. The words "rain", "mist" and "frost" are usually associated with sadness and darkness. It would feel more lively and bright if the author used the words "brilliant" and "sunny morning".

What Interested Me This Summer?

All the hurt, disappointment, sadness. It was all covered up by going out and fake smiles. Everybody would always complain about the country’s economy but would not do anything to help it. They always complain about the situation and then say: “I love this country more than anything, I want to live here till I die.” Even though they have the option to go live a better life somewhere else.

I was very shocked by everyone’s attitude towards the situation, they would complain that there was no money available in the country but then proceeded to go out every single night, for dinners, drinks etc…

It really showed me the true nature of the people living there, there whole life revolved around being with other people and enjoying life no matter the circumstance. That is what was very beautiful, that no matter how terrible things can get, Lebanese people would always find the good aspects of life and appreciate them. What interested me the most was people’s passion towards the country. Certainly the costs out way the advantages but they still respect it as much as ever, which I will never understand. I did not live in Lebanon to experience what all my friends and family who still live there did and every time I ask them if they had a choice to leave, they would tell me that they would not take it. I was very shocked when I first heard this but then I realised how amazing it was as a country and how it kept people happy. Even though the people running it are not the most competent the country still manages to keep many people happy and me included.

Every time I would go out at night, I would notice how many people still go out and I would ask my friends who do not live there anymore what they thought about it and they also found it very interesting.

Overall, I think this experience really shocked me but also made me see Lebanon from a different point of view and appreciate it a lot more even though it has its troubles. It's people will always love and appreciate it no matter the circumstances and I find that very touching.