professor
Lamyu Bo

Sep 2020

She's left as of this year I believe, but she will be dearly missed and I hope she returns to Columbia at some point! I agree with the other review- Professor Bo is one of the best teachers I've ever had. She knows her stuff, she has reasonable expectations, she knows how to push people to engage with the material and their own beliefs and improve their writing, and how to sustain a lively, thoughtful, and compassionate discussion and classroom environment. I was basically neglected in UW and LitHum by instructors who... could not do these things, but it was Professor Bo's guidance that basically taught me how to write a rigorous and strong essay. Office hours are a must when you're working on papers, but she worked to make scheduling as easy as possible. She also cares about her students on a human level that I think is rare in academia- she wants you to do well in her class, but she also wants you to be happy and healthy and is curious about/interested in what her students are passionate about. She will not go easy on you grading-wise on papers or exams, but she makes her expectations clear, works with you if you're falling short, and gives everyone plenty of chances to improve over a semester and finish with a strong grade if they're willing to do the work (and is never rude, mean, or vague about delivering critical feedback). In conclusion: she is a rare talent and a wonderful human being who brings out the best in her students and is always on top of her game.

Sep 2020

She's left as of this year I believe, but she will be dearly missed and I hope she returns to Columbia at some point! I agree with the other review- Professor Bo is one of the best teachers I've ever had. She knows her stuff, she has reasonable expectations, she knows how to push people to engage with the material and their own beliefs and improve their writing, and how to sustain a lively, thoughtful, and compassionate discussion and classroom environment. I was basically neglected in UW and LitHum by instructors who... could not do these things, but it was Professor Bo's guidance that basically taught me how to write a rigorous and strong essay. Office hours are a must when you're working on papers, but she worked to make scheduling as easy as possible. She also cares about her students on a human level that I think is rare in academia- she wants you to do well in her class, but she also wants you to be happy and healthy and is curious about/interested in what her students are passionate about. She will not go easy on you grading-wise on papers or exams, but she makes her expectations clear, works with you if you're falling short, and gives everyone plenty of chances to improve over a semester and finish with a strong grade if they're willing to do the work (and is never rude, mean, or vague about delivering critical feedback). In conclusion: she is a rare talent and a wonderful human being who brings out the best in her students and is always on top of her game.