professor
Zeina Hakim

May 2003

I wold just like to say that class with Zeina all year has been wonderful. I was unsure about taking French at Columbia (having taken it and enjoyed it at Barnard) but I was pleasantly surprised at the level of competency and dedication that Zeina showed us. Class was a pleasure -- lots of students stayed for both semesters and we developed a very good rapport between ourselves and with Zeina. The coursework has been fairly difficult, especially this spring, and the course is designed by the department to move very quickly, so I have had to devote more time than I intended to this class. But Zeina has done a lot to make this easier -- she's given us numerous extra handouts and practice exercises and has always been available for consultations about difficult topics. Her grading is fair, but I never felt like she thought I was less worthy of her teaching just because I didn't get an A. I have had some professors write me off for not meeting their standards; Zeina just seemed to want to help me do better. I don't know if she's teaching again in the fall -- if she is, it will probably be early, both of our sections were at 9 am -- but she's worth getting up for. And that's saying something.

May 2003

ZEINA IS AWESOME!!! If you can, PLEASE take a class with her!! She is charismatic, funny, intelligent, caring, patient - everything you could hope for in a professor. She was so good at making everyone feel comfortable and at making class fun, but at the same time, we definitely got all of the work done!! She covered all of the material thoroughly and explained everything very well. I have always been impressed by her teaching style. It was a pleasure and an honour to have class with her these past two semesters, and I will definitely miss her next year (as I am not taking French anymore - but also because the University of Geneva is stealing her away from Columbia).