Summer 2021 - This class was definitely not as easy as its reputation makes it out to be (at least for me). It took a lot of hard work and effort to write good essays. It is fast paced over the summer so you have to improve very quickly. I was a bit discouraged by my scores at first, but Dr. Yamasaki provides excellent feedback and plenty of opportunities to improve throughout the quarter. She also selected pieces of literature that I was personally very interested in. During the last 2 weeks, the professor was disappointed in one of the lecture's essays. After this, she put off a harsher attitude in my lecture. It came from a good place because she wanted us to do well, but some of her comments were a bit jarring and uncomfortable. This coupled with the higher workload at the end of the quarter was a bit stressful. However, I can't judge her character from just 2 weeks. Did she handle the situation poorly? In my opinion, yes. Is she still a great professor? Yes, absolutely. I know that Dr. Yamasaki cares about her students' improvement, and she is very kind and helpful during office hours if you prepare specific questions and writing to show her. Overall, I enjoyed this class and learned a lot about writing. I became a better student too. After spending so much time revising and rewriting, I am glad that my writing improved. Dr. Yamasaki really values improvement and has a good heart so take her feedback seriously!