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First Year Seminar (The Art of Being Oneself)

May 13, 2016

Aloff, Mindy
First Year Seminar (The Art of Being Oneself)

Professor Aloff is not an English professor, and her seminar class proves that. She's a dance critic, and I'm sure she's great in the dance department, but she should not be teaching this class. I chose the class because it seemed very interesting, and, in fact, the readings were terrific and the writing assignments were (mostly) great ideas. But Professor Aloff does not know how to write, give feedback on writing, or anything of the sort. Her grading is ridiculous (i.e., if you don't use the exact word or phrasing she wants you to use in one paragraph out of five pages, she'll give you a B- and then rewrite it for you, you'll hand in the new draft (which she wrote) and get an A+). The discussions in class are a waste of time and I don't think I learned anything at all from her class. Don't take it unless they find a new professor to teach.

Workload:

Easy, but her grading is frustrating.

May 06, 2009

Aloff, Mindy
First Year Seminar (The Art of Being Oneself)

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Mindy Aloff is very different, and unconventional, but she is one of the nicest professors I have had so far. She understands that we have other classes apart from hers, and therefore she does understand if you need an extension on a paper. There is a lot of reading, but most of it is very personable and interesting. When she facilitates class discussions, the classes are very interesting. However, she sometimes spends the whole class talking about seemingly pointless things. She does teach you how to write in a personal way that is different from most writing you will do in college. It's a great break from the rigorous environments of other classes.

Workload:

There is a lot of reading, but is easy to get through and not necessary to read everything on the syllabus in order to contribute in class discussions. 5 small papers, and 1 big personal essay as a final. No exams.

January 23, 2009

Aloff, Mindy
First Year Seminar (The Art of Being Oneself)

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Mindy is a wonderful teacher who really cares about her students. Her deep and abiding love of literature and dance is contagious. Take a class with her if you get the opportunity—you will not regret it. The other (negative) reviews of Mindy’s class on this website are incomprehensible to me and unnecessarily bitchy. Don’t pay them heed.

Workload:

Challenging, but by no means overwhleming.

January 22, 2008

Aloff, Mindy
First Year Seminar (The Art of Being Oneself)

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Mindy is a marvelous person. Aside from being as sweet as honey, she is brilliant woman. Yes, she is a dance critic, and yes, she references it frequently. However, most students have regarded it as her passion and appreciate her different angle of perspective. Most of the readings are interesting, but even with the more dry pieces, such as the works of Disraeli, conversations in class were engaging. The assignments are relevant and helpful. There is a lot of room for creativity and self-expression in her class. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to others.

Workload:

Very fair, it's what you want to make of it.

December 10, 2003

Aloff, Mindy
First Year Seminar (The Art of Being Oneself)

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Prof Aloff, or rather Mindy as she doesn't mind being called, was sadly not a really great seminar teacher. Many times, our classes were quite uneventful as certain students would hijack the debates and perhaps try to impose their viewpoints on us while Mindy would merely nod and let the inane arguements go on. That was rather frustrating, but surprisingly, the last few lessons we had with her were quite wonderful. She was engaged with the discussions and gave a lot of insight into the texts we were reading. Therefore, if you do have her, do try to cut her some slack and don't be too surprised when she says something really though-provoking, forcing you to suddenly pay attention. Yes, she does make many valid points. It's just such a pity that our class was unable to overlook her focus on dance and the rather unorganized class format to see that. It was even more of a pity that she did not begin the course the way she handled our last few lessons. Hopefully the next time she teaches a seminar class, she would be better. Gradingwise, there were mixed opinions(inclining towards the easy side) though she does pay a great deal of attention on the intracasies in grammar and such so be sure to proofread. Overall, Mindy is a really sweet lady so if you're willing to take the effort to really listen to what she has to say, then this class could go quite well for you.

Workload:

A few random in class essays. 2 take home essays and 1 final (8-page essay).

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2012 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2011 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2010 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2009 Spring TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2008 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2006 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2004 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
FYSB / FYSB FYSB FYSB BC1166: The Art of Being Oneself Mindy Aloff 2003 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1