First of all, I don' t understand why the GS program even forces us to take such a ridiculous class. It should be an optional class that is highly recommended (which I don't anyways) but certainly not a requirement. Second, it's hard to figure out what the grading standard is with this instructor. This is one of those classes where you have to write the way the instructor wants you to write to get a half way decent grade. This class teaches you absolutely NOTHING about writing so to all incoming GS students...grit your teeth, suck it up, and try to ignore everything the lousy instructors try to brainwash you with. You're gonna write flowery little exercises that are pointless and will be graded strictly on how much butt you can kiss in class. This class (at least with this instructor) allows absolutely NO creative freedom and this instructor seems to think that expository writing can only be dry, boring, and witless. Of course, this instructor lacks any sense of humor so that makes it even worse! You think i'm just some singled out rebel? HA! I've talked to a few students in my class who would more than agree but we all play his game for the grade. TO ALL INCOMING GS STUDENTS : I FEEL YOUR PAIN. I KNOW THIS CLASS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. WHEN YOU SEE THIS GUY'S NAME ON YOUR SCHEDULE...RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.