What have students said about Calderwood seminars they’ve taken?
The last assignment in each Calderwood seminar asks students to reflect upon what they've learned in the course, what they liked best, what they would improve or change, and what their favorite piece of writing turned out to be. Here are some excerpts from these assignments as well as from student evaluation questionnaires. These excerpts are from the 2019-2020 academic year.
AMST 355: Critiquing American Popular Culture
I walked into class on the first day a nervous and insecure writer, unaware of my own voice. After a long and hard semester, I am proud of the work I've completed and all that I have learned. Not only do I have a better handle on making complex ideas accessible, which is at the heart of the Calderwood Public Writing Program agenda, but I also know who I am as a writer.
ENG 316: Dead Poetry Society
I'm proud of my articles in this class because they show how far I've come in my academic career. As a former English-as-a-Second-Langueage student, I never expected to be able to understand enough modern day English (much less Middle English) to write about Chaucer for a public audience. I dedicate my work in this class to my second-grade self, who felt helpless and ignorant as she struggled to make sense of this language.
ES 399: Environmental Synthesis and Communication
The revision process has taught me that it's okay if it doesn't work - just delete it and try again. Writing timidly, while perhaps emotionally safer, doesn't always result in the best writing. It's better to just go for it. I'll gain confidence when the risks work, I'll learn resilency and perseverance when they don't.