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Cristine Gonzalez

Nov 2004

I hated this class, and at least half the reason was the teacher. I seriously have never hated a class more. It's a bit misleading for the other reviewers to say that the grading was a little tough (in my opinion); I'd rather say the grading was sporadic and unpredictable. She would write comments on my drafts like "excellent point", "natural storyteller", "original thinker", and would tell me my drafts were very strong, and then would give my papers B- (when I was getting A- on papers for all my other classes). Not to say that it isn't an instructors perrogative to grade as they wish, but I have a deep enmity for what she looks for in a paper. She could care less about content; it's form that matters to her--not even style, but form. Being a jounalist, she wanted all of our papers to be written as though they were newspaper articles, no tolerance (or understanding from what I could tell) of other forms or styles. So she'll be great for you if you want to be a journalist--not knocking her there. But if you like writing literary analysis papers, and don't use "snazzy verbs" and "attention grabbing phrases" you don't have a chance in hell of getting anything above a B. I disagree that her comments were helpful, because they were only helpful for the things she looked for--things to keep the reader's attention. Which, I supposed is helpful, but I don't know any other class where my use of colorful (read: uncommon) words was more important than the thoughts or points I developed. On the last paper in the class, when I finally gave in and wrote the paper she wanted (in half the time I spent on any other paper for that class), I finally got a B+. UW is a terrible class, regardless, but teachers can certainly make it worse--and she did.

Dec 2003

I would have to agree with the other reviewers: Cristine is an extremely nice and easy-going person who is very approachable and a joy to chat with. Her comments on your writing are extremely insightful and they really help improve your writing, but her grading is not that generous at all. Overall, though, if you have Cristine stick with her - she's a really cool person and she can really help make you into a better writer.

Dec 2003

Cristine is a wonderful professor: she's funny, easy-going, and a joy to chat with. Her assignments are fair and fun, as long as you don't leave the work until the last minute. Her grading is a bit tough, but her comments always make you feel good as a writer. Her idea to use peer workshops to critique papers is excellent as you get to learn from your peers and not just from her. Your writing will definitely benefit under Cristine’s guidance. Also, try to get to know her outside of class-she’s a very cool person and writer. If you get Cristine as your UW professor, you’re lucky—she’s a keeper!

Dec 2003

Cristine, as she asked us to call her, was a fairly good writing teacher, working with a fairly new class that is a huge waste of time. Although Cristine can let the class be a little too "democratic" in picking due dates or paper topics, she did a good job of being flexible about paper due dates, and gave insightful comments on rough drafts. She definitely an expert in critiques, and has a lot of good journalism insight if you're at all interested in that. Overall, if you have Cristine, stick with her. Just make sure to do your work -- it's nearly impossible to hide in a class of 12, and participation is a huge percentage.