Dear Mark Lipton,
Thank you so much for this semester! In the beginning I was very nervous and unsure of what my reaction to this course would be. The very first lecture scared me a bit because I knew this would be unlike any other course I had ever taken. When you told us to stand on either side of the room depending on our feeling of the course I stood directly in the middle. This is because I didn’t know what to expect, however I was pleasantly surprised. There were so many things I loved about this course!
At first I was nervous about the narrative essay. I had no idea what to write about and how you would react to my story. It is extremely personal and private and I have only shared it with very few people in my life. I was worried you would judge me or look at me as a different person, but I went ahead and wrote it anyway. It was very therapeutic because it was the first time I could actually sit down, think and write out my feelings on the situation. I also enjoyed writing this essay that was all about me and my experiences rather than a scholarly essay that required research. Although I didn’t receive as high as a mark as I wanted it was still one of my favorite assignments thus far because I learned a lot about myself in the process.
I really enjoyed your teaching style. It was a breath of fresh air! I loved how you made every class an interesting discussion rather than a boring lecture. It actually made me want to come to class and listen, it was more of a life lesson than a book lesson. I also loved how you incorporated media in with our course which I think other professors should do as well seeing as this is a media program. A good example of this is how you incorporated the Wikispace with our course. I really liked this because it kept me in contact with you and the rest of the students in the class. It was also useful because I could check the weekly readings and lesson plans. It also kept me up to date with what was going on in the media like Kony 2012, Chris Brown & Rihanna, Facebook Timeline and the Treyvon Martin story and many more! It became another daily social media routine along with my Facebook and Twitter.
It was also such a relief to not be stressed out with studying for exams! With all my other courses I felt stressed to memorize theories and definitions that I would forget right after the exam was over. With this course I learned so much more with out even having a test or exam. This is because I learned by interacting and talking about real life experiences, which is more useful to me than taking notes and memorizing.
Personally, I loved your course! It was a great experience and one of my favorite courses thus far. Thank you for sharing your stories and experiences with us. You were always very happy and enthusiastic which always seemed to brighten up my mood and catch my attention. I hope I get the chance to be in another one of your courses within the next couple years.