professor
Emily Thibodeaux

May 2012

Run away as fast as you can if you want to save your GPA! Emily hides exercises in order to lower your grade in case she doesn't like you. Don't worry, you don't need to make much of an effort to rub her the wrong way: it can happen right off the bat, in the first class. For no apparent reason. Here's what she did to me: she lied, lowering my grade saying I didn't turn in 4 of the exercises. I turned in all the exercises except one, meaning: she could only take points off of one exercise, not of four. She lied to the head of the Creative Writing department when I complained about it. Emily doesn't teach you, nor does she explain you anything you have doubts about. You can stay after class, or email her - nothing works. She won't explain it to you, but let you know you fell short of her mysterious criteria only on finals week, when you can't possibly do anything about it. It doesn't matter that you spent the WHOLE semester asking her. She WON'T answer you if she doesn't like you, or your face doesn't please her. She emailed the class the guidelines for the final portfolio only on finals week - only 4 days before the portfolios were due. The guideline for your final portfolio is something other professors hand out to you AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to the due date, and especially not on finals week. The whole class complained about her disorganization. More than one person didn't bring their workshop pieces on time because there wasn't a spreadsheet or a list with the names of the workshoppers and when they were workshopping. Students complained they got confused, too, and that it would have been much easier if she had distributed a list, or if she was a little more organized. Her critiques to your work are superficial, and don't add much to the quality of the revision. I had to revise using a peer's critiques as my guideline for revision because Emily's critiques were empty. She arrived late for class in the final 3 weeks of classes, but she would take away points from you if YOU arrived late. Obviously she operates using double-standards. She WILL lower your GPA based on her liking or disliking of you. She is the worst teacher I've had at Columbia so far. I had never in my life had a teacher that would go to the lengths of lying about a student's exercises only because she didn't like the student. HORRIBLE TEACHER.