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A sample of anonymous student comments on ARTS 199, first-year seminar, "Cliques, Crowds, and Individuals," taught by Kenneth Westhues in Fall 2003, at the University of Waterloo
Strengths were open-ended discussion, lack of structure, informality. Excellent 1st-year course.
Worthwhile. No regrets taking this seminar.
Small class size, enthusiastic instructor, really a valuable experience.
Strength was the chance to improve over time by writing many short essays.
Some readings did not seem relevant to the course, and some were very challenging.
Excellent. I really enjoyed this course.
The closeness of the students to the teacher was great, an easy-going environment.
This course is applicable to real-life happenings, and that's what I love about it.
Great learning experience, good for students making a transition from high school to university.
Prof was very encouraging, that made the class more enjoyable.
Good. I loved the small class size.
Excellent course overall. Level of learning achieved was phenomenal.
Exciting, uplifting course, it helped me with my writing skills. Would suggest all first-year students take it.
Very interesting course that really opened my eyes to the world. I find myself analyzing things I experience with a different eye.