Of my entire writing career as a student, Sara Lieber was the first teacher who made me enjoy writing essays. At first, I did not expect much from University Writing; like many people, I thought it would be a typical writing class. It wasnâ€™t until Saraâ€™s feedback on my first essay that I realized how interesting writing could be.
Sara really cares about the process of writing. She always gives a lot of feedback on your drafts. The individual meetings I had with her to talk about each essay were always helpful for revision. Not only did she give me good advice, but she showed true interest in improving our writing and making sure that we understood and cared about our errors. Never did she shoot down my ideas; instead she would help me find a way to make them work.
Class time was always fun and never a drag. It was a true seminar in that she would take into account what the students had to say. She is very approachable as a person and also has a good sense of humor. I liked that I could count on her to answer any questions I had about my essays or writing in general.
Sara would sometimes have great anecdotes to tell, whether about her career as a writer, an author we were reading or simply something funny. She has an incredible amount of knowledge too that always made class time more enjoyable. University Writing has been without a doubt my favorite class at Columbia so far.