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My sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to take Professor Bilger’s “The Power of Laughter” course and can confidently say it was one of the best academic experiences I’ve had at CMC. We complemented everything from Shakespeare to Tina Fey with entertaining and insightful class discussions. Professor Bilger inspires your writing with her contagious enthusiasm and encourages each student to apply a critical cross-disciplinary approach to each paper (She correctly boasts she can make every student love their topic). It probably sounds cheesy, but I cannot stress enough how this class helped me mature, not only as a writer, but as a person and a feminist. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend it to every 5C student, regardless of major! She is wonderful.
PSYC122 is a seminar course in developmental psychology with with Professor Kathleen Brown, which I absolutely loved. As a part of the course, you spend a couple of hours every week at The Children’s School across the street from the senior apartments, which was consistently a bright point of my week and a friendly reminder of what’s really important. Every student should care for the education brought about from this course, as it is life-relevant and will most likely come into assistance at one point or another. Plus, Professor Brown has to be one of the nicest, most caring individuals at the 5Cs. (And is an excellent, very helpful thesis reader!)
One of the most engaging courses I’ve taken at CMC is War with Professor Taw. Every week we read a great book on war–either theory, memoir, or fiction–in an attempt to answer the question: What is war? I can’t say we ever came to a conclusive answer, but throughout the process I was forced to think deeply about my prior assumptions and found many of them upended.
Refugees, Migrants, and Citizenship is taught at Scripps by Professor Amy Malek, and is one of the most interesting classes I’ve had the opportunity to take in college. Professor Malek is extremely patient and unbelievably engaging as she explains complex and often controversial topics to students like myself who have little to no background on the subject(s). The material is also very relevant, and I really feel like it’s helped to shape me into a more effective member of today’s global society.
Last semester, I took a poetry writers’ workshop with Henri Cole, who joined CMC’s Lit Department this year. Henri is a wonderful person, instructor and poet, and his workshop is a great space for writers to develop your poetry in a constructive and collaborative environment. I also really enjoyed getting to hear my classmates’ poetry! Be advised that the class is run as a workshop, so don’t go into it expecting to shield your poems from everyone but the professor. That said, workshops provide the opportunity to get a bunch of fresh eyes on your work, so it’s nothing to shy away from. Henri is going on leave, but keep an eye out for his class when he returns!