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First-Year Seminar - Summons to Adventure

October 31, 2010

Pagano, John Silver_nugget
First-Year Seminar - Summons to Adventure

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Take this class if you are really into the reading list (a lot of otherworldly-themed stories) because he is really passionate about the topic and you will be bored and have nothing to contribute if you are not as interested. He listens to everyones' opinions and throws in his deep sense of the reading when he thinks that the responses do not speak to the texts. The pace of the class is very fast with a lot of readings, but you can get away with not reading the texts completely.

Workload:

Weekly free writes (nongraded single paged papers on the reading topic). Three 3-5 page papers, each with a rough draft due two weeks before the final to get comments from one peer and from the professor. One final paper 7-10 pages.

December 11, 2008

Pagano, John Silver_nugget
First-Year Seminar - Summons to Adventure

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The most influential and BRILLIANT professor I have ever had! He finds the perfect balance between revealing his own insights and leading a group discussion. He makes everyone feel comfortable, so participating is enjoyable, even for the shyest of Barnard students. The reading list is unusual for a first year seminar, but great (Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenstein, The Bacchae, etc). By far the best class of my freshman year.

Workload:

3 short papers (3-5 pgs), 1 take home final paper (7-10), weekly readings, freewrites.

June 01, 2005

Pagano, John Silver_nugget
First-Year Seminar - Summons to Adventure

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AMAZING PROFESSOR! (and well-deserved gold nugget). It is no surprise that half of the freshmen class fights to get into this one seminar class. Prof. Pagano is everything that one would hope for in an ideal college professor - extremely insightful, nice, and he truly does care about his students. You will not be another face among hundreds of others....and as the last reviewer said, he will NOT forget you. On the last day of class, he even gave us this speech about how we should not hesitate to go to him if we ever need anything in the future. As far as the class is concerned, Prof. Pagano has this ability to just make any work of literature interesting. Even works that I found dry when initially reading them on my own were suddenly brought to life through his class discussions. He creates a very comfortable atmosphere where no one is really afraid to talk. By the way, he has a tendency to call on the quiet ones as well....just to make sure they share their ideas. As someone whose forte is not English, I have to admit that I really did enjoy this class. I would recommend it and any other class that is taught by Prof. Pagano! You will not regret it!

Workload:

3 papers, 1 final paper, regular readings for each class accompanied by "free responses" and postings on the discussion board on courseworks

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