But first let’s see what’s in the secret compartment!
*opens it up* IT’S MY AP WORLD TEST SCORE!
Dear John Green,
Thank you so much for Crash Course World History this past year. Without it, I would not have had such an amusing and informative way to review the important points of World History before the AP Exam. Unlike review books and practice tests, your Crash Course videos are something I want to watch and learn from and have fun doing, while otherwise I would be miserably reviewing for hours in a much more boring setting. I’m not going to say anything like “Crash Course is the sole reason I did well in AP World History;” I know that a lot of my score is due to my constant work and studying throughout the entire course.
But Crash Course did help me in a way that wasn’t strictly memorization - it helped me to draw connections between civilizations and societies. Although “Except - wait for it - the Mongols” is a sort of running joke in the series, I was reminded of it during my other review work and my studying. And it wasn’t just with the Mongols either. With the easy and fun review Crash Course provided, I was able to see more continuities when reviewing more recent events, noticing things that were the same since the BCE years.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, thank you for taking out some of your time to make Crash Course World History, John Green, and all others affiliated with it. The videos didn’t make or break my test score, but they made reviewing a lot more fun.
Thanks, and best wishes,
Rose (Michigan Nerdfighter).
P.S. - (Has there ever been a P.S. on an CC Open Letter before?) I incorporated the phrase “We’re the exception” into one of my essays when I mentioned the Mongols. I really hope that reference wasn’t wasted on my reader.