Tell Me About Yourself and Other Plagues Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

Giving an online course introductory posting must be the bane of a college student’s existence, giving the desire to avoid them like the plague. Most online courses do require them, you know, so go ahead and write one. Let me tell you about a few different types. You tell me which is the most interesting.

First, there is the non-introduction. Here is an example:

So, how did you like that one? It is also known as the introduction that was never made.

Moving on, we have the “she-asked-for-five-sentences-and-that’s-what-she’s getting-in-this-writing-class introduction.” It looks something like this: My name is Gertrude Hortense. I do not have a nickname. I live in Texas. I am majoring in cyber security. I like to run.”

Well, that was certainly a page-turner!

Next, we have the intro posted by a person we would really like to know better. That intro goes like this:

Hello everyone, and howdy from Texas. My name is Johnny Jump-up. My major is accounting and statistical engineering. I am the father of identical quintuplets. The odds of my wife having identical quints is 1 in 3,906,250,000. The doctors say they are identical but I can tell them apart because 2/5 have brown hair, 2/5 are blondes, and 1/5 is a redhead. But I digress. I love running and can do 10 miles in 139 minutes and 30 seconds, at a 1% grade at 6.1 miles per hour. I burn 1234 calories, and that’s before breakfast. I look forward to working with you all this term!

Now, folks, that’s an introduction! Make your introduction come alive. Don’t lie but make it your goal to have everyone wish they knew you.


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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