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*Honors 173 Evaluation*
I came into this class as a senior from south campus wanting to learn about American history. Unfortunately, this class disappointed me.
This class is not south campus or ignorance friendly. As a south campus major, I had a weak grasp of American history and I was quickly put into my place and belittled for irrelevant comments. Most of the other students in the class were political science or history majors and Professor Yirush blatantly favored them.
I went to office hours multiple times after I was informed that my writing sucked (comments on my paper saying "horrible writing"). I went with an open mind to learn and improve, but instead I was again belittled for my crude south campus writing.
As a graduating senior, I worked my ass off in the class (while taking 5 classes that quarter). As a student of the honors program, my expectations were to learn and enrich my knowledge of other fields that are outside of the sciences. Instead of being taught, Professor Yirush only attempted to "fix" me. I ended up with a B- in the class (and a C in participation even though I spoke at least once every class trying my best to keep up with the others), which denied me 5 whole units of honors credit for the class and I had to take an extra class during spring quarter before graduating.
In my opinion, education should focus on learning and students should be rewarded for the work they put in. To put in that much work and receive 0 units of credit was quite bewildering to me and I didn't realize the honors program would punish students like that for receiving lower than a B.
I was truly disappointed by the whole process, having experienced other amazing learning environments and teachers from the honors program.