Mary Samuelson
Department of Honors Collegium
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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 9 Users
Easiness 4.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Participation Matters
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Needs Textbook
  • Often Funny

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100.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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March 29, 2021

Overall, I found this class to be boring but it was really easy. Professor S is super nice and really aims to connects with students. Discussions were very interesting every class period and involved a lot of personal reflection. Workload was decent and graded super easily; basically if you do it, you'll get 100. You create 2 blogs, 1 personal, 1 group, a few written responses, 1 project and final is an e-portfolio. Professor S was great but this class was boring. Easy A though and you meet some really great people.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 29, 2020

You honestly get what you put into this class. Really enjoyed the introspection and chatting with her but if you aren't into it it can get quite boring sometimes. Would recommend taking it later if you can so you can work on your resume with her!

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 29, 2020

Man, I loved this class so much. The start of the course was very intimidating because I felt like an airhead compared to all the scholars in the class. It is super intimate and generally chill though, and I found everyone to be very sweet in the class. We honestly just had open discussions on most days about UCLA and our goals. So wholesome!
The readings aren't entirely necessary to do, I would just call them supplementary. The workload was definitely the most for me, but it was all self reflective and creative stuff. It was very manageable.
Professor Samuelson is the nicest woman ever! She is a genius and very understanding. She deserves it all!
I would 100/10 recommend this class!

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 8, 2022

I'm selling the required textbook for this class for $15 and I'll deliver it to you so if you want it text me 9194070678

This class was very project-heavy. It's not really like a class class with material, we mostly just talked about our career aspirations. It was helpful because one of the assignments was creating a resume which we got feedback on. There were just so many projects though. It was like project after project. It got pretty hard to manage tbh. We worked on a blog throughout the quarter that we would write posts for intermittently. There were also Written Response assignments mostly about the Roadmap book. Lots of readings, some long. Everyone has to lead discussion one time and for that you have to read the reading in depth and make a presentation on it (slideshow as well as around 10 minute presentation, but some people's were 20-30 minutes). Next we had a Group Website Project which was kind of exhausting. None of these projects are hard, they're just very time-consuming. It is difficult to make pretty websites. So hard in that way. Then right after that group project we had to write another blog post about Cultivating Happiness (see it's not hard stuff, it just takes up a lot of time). And then we wrote our resumes. And then we had a third Blog Post about Goal-Setting, and then a "Remix Project" right after that (another project! They kind of never ended), and then for the Honors Collegium I had to make a TikTok about my freshman year, which I guess wasn't really for this class but for the honors program, and then our LAST project was making an "E-Portfolio" where you essentially turn your resume into (ANOTHER) website. You're lucky if you have experience making website when you go into this class. I wish they didn't act like we're gonna use this stuff, like sorry this won't actually be helpful like I'm not gonna send a website about why I like dancing and using paper straws when I apply to a job. But I mean it wasn't like HARD so.

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Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
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June 18, 2021

Overall, the course is good. Professor S is very nice and helpful. Class discussions are engaging. Sometimes the homework can be interesting. I think the course is very useful for juniors or seniors cuz you are basically reflecting your roadmap and writing those application materials. However, heavy workload, more than a writing class. Anyway, Professor S gives fair grades, and it's easy to get an A, but you need to write A LOT!

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
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March 24, 2021

I think Professor S is a wonderful human being who really is empathic to her students and was curious about each and every one of us. She even cried on the last day of class. The course is very manageable/easy and while I am certainly grateful for that, I wish there was something more to it. The class is discussion-based which is really nice, but it just felt like a time to espouse lived experiences and to all agree with self-evident ideas like getting off the assembly line and growth mindset. "Roadmap" is really not that great of a book, and the other readings were repetitive and dull. I really lament that we didn't as a class ever interact critically with some of these texts or have discussions in which we talked to each other instead of at each other. The highlight of the class for me was reading Lawrence Lessig and the Remix Project, and I was pretty let-down that the E-Portfolio process didn't warrant more time in the class and that we created them using Wix.com... Yes, it's the best introduction web design with pre-made templates, but there are other more serious ways to build a personal website that aren't as expensive (if you upgrade) or as tacky as Wix.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 11, 2020

Honestly? This class is boring and not worth it. I had to take it for a program I'm in, and I really didn't enjoy it. I did enjoy the projects though, I learned to make a website effectively and got some good feedback on my resume.

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Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
Oct. 10, 2019

This class is pretty easy and it’s nice because you’re forced to think about your future and possible career. There were a couple writing assignments but everything is about yourself so it’s nothing hard. There was a group project teaching something about the honors program which was also simple. She seemed interested in helping you figure out things and looked at our resumes. There was some confusion about when things were due.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 29, 2021

Overall, I found this class to be boring but it was really easy. Professor S is super nice and really aims to connects with students. Discussions were very interesting every class period and involved a lot of personal reflection. Workload was decent and graded super easily; basically if you do it, you'll get 100. You create 2 blogs, 1 personal, 1 group, a few written responses, 1 project and final is an e-portfolio. Professor S was great but this class was boring. Easy A though and you meet some really great people.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 29, 2020

You honestly get what you put into this class. Really enjoyed the introspection and chatting with her but if you aren't into it it can get quite boring sometimes. Would recommend taking it later if you can so you can work on your resume with her!

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 29, 2020

Man, I loved this class so much. The start of the course was very intimidating because I felt like an airhead compared to all the scholars in the class. It is super intimate and generally chill though, and I found everyone to be very sweet in the class. We honestly just had open discussions on most days about UCLA and our goals. So wholesome!
The readings aren't entirely necessary to do, I would just call them supplementary. The workload was definitely the most for me, but it was all self reflective and creative stuff. It was very manageable.
Professor Samuelson is the nicest woman ever! She is a genius and very understanding. She deserves it all!
I would 100/10 recommend this class!

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A+
June 8, 2022

I'm selling the required textbook for this class for $15 and I'll deliver it to you so if you want it text me 9194070678

This class was very project-heavy. It's not really like a class class with material, we mostly just talked about our career aspirations. It was helpful because one of the assignments was creating a resume which we got feedback on. There were just so many projects though. It was like project after project. It got pretty hard to manage tbh. We worked on a blog throughout the quarter that we would write posts for intermittently. There were also Written Response assignments mostly about the Roadmap book. Lots of readings, some long. Everyone has to lead discussion one time and for that you have to read the reading in depth and make a presentation on it (slideshow as well as around 10 minute presentation, but some people's were 20-30 minutes). Next we had a Group Website Project which was kind of exhausting. None of these projects are hard, they're just very time-consuming. It is difficult to make pretty websites. So hard in that way. Then right after that group project we had to write another blog post about Cultivating Happiness (see it's not hard stuff, it just takes up a lot of time). And then we wrote our resumes. And then we had a third Blog Post about Goal-Setting, and then a "Remix Project" right after that (another project! They kind of never ended), and then for the Honors Collegium I had to make a TikTok about my freshman year, which I guess wasn't really for this class but for the honors program, and then our LAST project was making an "E-Portfolio" where you essentially turn your resume into (ANOTHER) website. You're lucky if you have experience making website when you go into this class. I wish they didn't act like we're gonna use this stuff, like sorry this won't actually be helpful like I'm not gonna send a website about why I like dancing and using paper straws when I apply to a job. But I mean it wasn't like HARD so.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
June 18, 2021

Overall, the course is good. Professor S is very nice and helpful. Class discussions are engaging. Sometimes the homework can be interesting. I think the course is very useful for juniors or seniors cuz you are basically reflecting your roadmap and writing those application materials. However, heavy workload, more than a writing class. Anyway, Professor S gives fair grades, and it's easy to get an A, but you need to write A LOT!

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0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 24, 2021

I think Professor S is a wonderful human being who really is empathic to her students and was curious about each and every one of us. She even cried on the last day of class. The course is very manageable/easy and while I am certainly grateful for that, I wish there was something more to it. The class is discussion-based which is really nice, but it just felt like a time to espouse lived experiences and to all agree with self-evident ideas like getting off the assembly line and growth mindset. "Roadmap" is really not that great of a book, and the other readings were repetitive and dull. I really lament that we didn't as a class ever interact critically with some of these texts or have discussions in which we talked to each other instead of at each other. The highlight of the class for me was reading Lawrence Lessig and the Remix Project, and I was pretty let-down that the E-Portfolio process didn't warrant more time in the class and that we created them using Wix.com... Yes, it's the best introduction web design with pre-made templates, but there are other more serious ways to build a personal website that aren't as expensive (if you upgrade) or as tacky as Wix.

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0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 11, 2020

Honestly? This class is boring and not worth it. I had to take it for a program I'm in, and I really didn't enjoy it. I did enjoy the projects though, I learned to make a website effectively and got some good feedback on my resume.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A
Oct. 10, 2019

This class is pretty easy and it’s nice because you’re forced to think about your future and possible career. There were a couple writing assignments but everything is about yourself so it’s nothing hard. There was a group project teaching something about the honors program which was also simple. She seemed interested in helping you figure out things and looked at our resumes. There was some confusion about when things were due.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 9 Users
Easiness 4.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Participation Matters
    (7)
  • Has Group Projects
    (7)
  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (5)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (5)
  • Needs Textbook
    (5)
  • Often Funny
    (4)
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