November 13, 2005

Pilinovsky, Helen Silver_nugget
[FYSB BC1156/69] First Year Seminar: Legacy of the Mediterranean I

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Prof Pilinvovsky rocks! She's technically working towards her doctorate, but her knowledge is already so extensive that it blows people away without making them feel degraded or stupid. She's really young (so she makes an effort to keep lectures not too dry), she's flexible about deadlines if you talk to her and she's willing to discuss pretty much anything with you (majors, her thesis about bridging eastern and western fairy tale archetypes, life in general). Her assignments are legit - its not really the best class to totally slack in (believe me, it will show up in your paper if you dont read), but she's fairly generous with grading. Plus, she's cool. She brought our class cookies one day and actually seems to care about what students think. The only downside was that our class discussions were pretty slow and awkward, but that could very well be the 9am start time.

I highly recommend Legacy or a FYS with her, so go to class, do most of the reading and make a couple good comments in class and you'll get a lot out of it.

Workload:

not bad at all. approx a (reaonsable-size) book a week in standard books, ie frankenstein, candide, the wasteland, etc. two short-ish papers, one longer 'final' paper around 6pgs ++, 10pgs respectively (she doesn't mind if you exceed that as long as it's good stuff, no BS though). rough drafts of papers mandatory, so you won't have a problem getting them done. class discussion/attendance/participation (show up most days and say something intelligent once in awhile). very doable.