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[BC1336] FYS: Witches

April 14, 2020

Schor-Haim, Wendy Silver_nugget
[BC1336] FYS: Witches

I loved Prof. Schor Haim! She really cares about all of her students. She's head of the first year writing program, and its definitely clear in how she treats her students. She introduces her students to academia in an accessible way, but she also has high expectations. The course material is very engaging; you'll be excited to do the readings and discuss them with the class. (You also get to see Wicked!) The course really improved my analytical skills, and writing skills.
If you're lucky enough to have an early registration time, definitely try and get into this class!

Workload:

3-4 Hrs / week
Moderate amount of reading
2 Essays
Zine on topic of your choosing
Occasional discussion posts
1 simple group project

December 31, 2017

Schor-Haim, Wendy Silver_nugget
[BC1336] FYS: Witches

Professor Schor-Haim is a brilliant and compassionate woman, who truly cares about her students and wants them to thrive in and out of the classroom. She is incredibly helpful during office hours and genuinely wants to help you. Sometimes she was flaky about scheduling things and gave us a few (very small) assignments at the last minute but she was totally understanding if you couldn't get an assignment done. Also, classes really only focused on that day's material so bigger items on the syllabus could sneak up on you. Just pay attention. Her compassion made her a wonderful professor to have during my first semester because I felt very overwhelmed by the high school to college transition anyway, but her kindness helped a lot.
She also designed this curriculum herself and is really passionate and knowledgeable about the historical contexts as well as the texts themselves. This class talked a lot about gender roles and harmful stereotypes about women (spoiler alert: witches aren't real. Men accused ambitious and sexual women of being witches because they felt threatened) which is what I was really into. The texts ranged from ancient Sumer culture all the way through western fairy tales and modern feminist theory. We also got to see Wicked, with Barnard paying for our tickets.
This was one of my favorite classes!! Take it. You won't regret it.

Workload:

-Three papers (3-5 pg.)
-2-3 hours of reading per week
-Google Drive posts or short writing responses, usually once or twice a week, spanning between a paragraph to a page
-One group project on a feminist theory text

December 07, 2017

Schor-Haim, Wendy Silver_nugget
[BC1336] FYS: Witches

Professor Schor-Haim is the best Professor/teacher/instructor that I have ever had. Although I am not an English/literature person, this class was by far the most enjoyable this semester. Let me start off by saying that Professor Schor-Haim is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable in her field. She is an expert at medieval literature and this really enhanced her class and teaching style. However, she is not arrogant and doesn't impose her ideas on any of her students or make anyone feel uncomfortable about speaking in class. She is very approachable and her feedback on the essay drafts is clear and direct. I always left my meetings with her knowing exactly what I needed to do to succeed. The class itself was super enjoyable and I looked forward to going twice a week. The readings were sometimes long but very interesting so I wasn't bothered by it. I also felt like Professor Schor-Haim was a very fair grader and genuinely a very wonderful and understanding person. If you can, try to take at least one class with Professor Schor-Haim! She will drastically improve your writing skills (even though this wasn't an "English" class) and your ability to make educated and significant claims about texts. I LOVE HER!!!!!!

Workload:

Very manageable: weekly readings (manageable and very interesting), one 5 minute presentation, 3 essays (3-4 pages long).

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