University Writing is one of those dreaded courses required of all Columbia students. Escaping it is unfortunately impossible. At first, I really enjoyed Samantha's class. The writing workshop style class is a nice change of pace from Lit Hum and the class goes by really quickly; however, as the class progresses, it slowly becomes really, really annoying.
Samantha tends to be very vague about what exactly is expected for the essays, so the first essay for most students is a massive letdown. She is available for conference; however, she is extremely limited in how much time students can meet with her. She might be better now since she works in the writing center. Her feedback is good; however, her grading is not consistent with her comments. She tends to grade lower than what her comments project.
Unlike many teachers of UW, she is a stickler for following the rules of the "lens essay." To be honest, I have yet to ever use it, and I believe it is a stupid method of writing.