When I first found out I was placed in the American Studies session, I immediately attempted to switch because I have never had any interest in the subject. After countless hours of negotiation, I eventually failed and mentally prepared myself for the worst. What made me feel worse was that Ms. Schwerin seemed to be very strict and serious in the first class.
However, Ms. Schwerin turned out to be a fantastic teacher and made my UWriting experience a completely positive one. She lead class discussions incredibly well and always posed intellectually stimulating questions that really drove me to think deeply about the materials we read. Since she has a background in art, she incorporated art into the American Studies context, which significantly rendered the class more enjoyable. Sure some readings were rather dry, but time always passed by pretty quickly in class. Ms. Schwerin was also super patient and always made herself available whenever I had questions or needed revision advices. I remember one time I emailed her about a part in the reading that I didn't quite understand, and her response was literally like an essay; it not only clarified my original confusion, but also helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the text. At the end of the course, I definitely felt I became a better writer and actually for the first time started enjoying writing.
If you put in the work and show her your genuine effort, you'll be fine even if you are not a fantastic writer. It's all about how much you improve.