September **, 199* [name] [student number] [address] Dear Members of the Board, I would be more than grateful if you could modify my ***ology 3** class (Writing for ***ologists) as my fulfillment for my ECB writing requirement even though at the time that I took the course (Fall **) I was 3 credits short of being a junior. When I registered for the class I told my T.A. that I wanted the class to be modified for the ECB requirement. I told her that I was not quite at junior status yet; to be precise, three credits short. She then preceded to tell me that there wouldn't be a problem. About two weeks into the class I asked her did she encounter any problem modifying the class and she said no. Nevertheless, to my disappointment and anger at the end of the year I received a letter from the University stating that because I was not a junior at the time I registered for the course I would have to take another class to fulfill this requirement. I slaved away many hours (sometimes as late as 3:00 a.m.) at the computer writing as many as fifteen papers to receive a good grade in that course (which I in fact did receive a good grade). I have demonstrated that I have fulfilled the university requirements of their LSA students regarding the writing requirements even though I technically was a sophomore. I believe that the purpose of the requirement (and what is most important) is to ensure that all of your students that graduate from the school of LSA from the University of Michigan will represent them well in society and one way is by being able to write well, which is an excellent requirement. I have demonstrated this and therefore I hope that you will find it in your hearts to overlook my error. Sincerely yours, [name]
USA Today front page, July 11, 2014
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