Student Feedback

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“Your teaching really challenged me to not just write more creatively, but to think differently. I think I most appreciated the fact that it gave me the opportunity to delve more deeply into researching and reflecting more about my identity and finally voicing my thoughts and emotions in a safe space. This class reminded me why I love writing because it challenged me to be brave and really put myself into the work. It also encouraged me to pick up a book that wasn’t science/academic related for once.” – Christian, former student

“Professor Wirstiuk taught me to be confident and challenged me to write from my heart… [she] gave me the confidence boost I needed to allow myself and my writing to be imaginative… [she] makes her students feel secure about their writing, confident about their ability to be inventive and most of all she made my peers and I feel as though our writing mattered.”– Kayla, former student

“Laryssa’s passion for writing is immediately evident. Her critiques are always constructive, positive, and helpful, and her expertise for composing in any genre is as good as anyone could hope for in a teacher. Highly recommended.” – Ryan, former student

“Laryssa was perfect!” – Student Evaluation, Multimedia Composition, Fall 2013

“The instructor encouraged independent learning, which helped me strengthen my personal way of grasping material.” – Student Evaluation, Multimedia Composition, Fall 2013

“The instructor encouraged me to have a voice through blogging and explore a new way to express myself.” – Student Evaluation, Creative Blogging, Fall 2013

“I have seriously been inspired to continue blogging and even perhaps switch majors and go to the school of communications.” – Student Evaluation, Creative Blogging, Spring 2013

“Prof L is a great professor. Give her a raise.” – Student Evaluation, Creative Blogging, Spring 2013

“I had a hard time channeling my creativity, and the instructor really helped me to open up, and just express myself freely, which made the creative part much easier.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2013

“I have a new appreciation for works of ‘creative writing’. I am usually not be type of person to put much thought into poetry or short stories but this class had provided an overview of the genre and sparked some level of interest.” -Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2013

“I was not interested in creative writing when I signed up for it, but this class has encouraged me to write more, even if it’s not for class. I will use all the writing skills I learned in this class when writing papers for other classes.” -Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2013

“She allowed us to be creative without shooting our ideas down. This allowed me to be free with my writing and led to some of my best work as a writer. She was great at also giving us feedback about what worked and didn’t work.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2013

“My teacher’s personality was very engaging and made me want to participate as much as possible. I can honestly say this is my first college class where I contributed to the class discussion and participated to the fullest extent.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Fall 2012

“I liked how engaging every topic was and the assignments that let us interact with others. A lot of the material was interesting, and Laryssa was very approachable and understanding. Nothing ever felt forced – the class went in a gradual, graceful process that made it enjoyable.” – Student Evaluation, Creative Blogging, Fall 2012

“Prof. Wirstiuk is an experienced writer and lovely human being. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have taken the class. She champions creativity, inspires her students, and makes the class very enjoyable.” – Student Evaluation, Creative Blogging, Fall 2012

“Laryssa is one of the nicest teachers around so everyone should take her classes!” -Student Evaluation, Creative Blogging, Fall 2012

“I like how she teaches like she’s having a conversation. It made me feel comfortable with my peers and the professor. Her teaching was really fluid and the professor didn’t hesitate to change the topic to a point a student made. It was nice because it was spontaneous but related to the theme on hand.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2012

“My favorite thing about this course is the wonderful environment it manages to create. It has a perfect balance between fun and creativity and education/learning and work. Professor Wirstiuk presents the information clearly and in an exiting way that generates interest from her students.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2012

“I learned a bucketload in this class! I know that what I learned has already improved my writing and I think it will continue to do so. This class has encouraged me to seek out further inspiration and information by using the tools I have been provided in this course.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2012

“This instructor made a very comfortable environment in which we could ask questions and be able to express our opinions. I progressed creatively because of this positive attitude my professor had. She also deconstructed pieces of literature so we could understand the foundation of it.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2012

“Courses like this make Rutgers a great University to attend.” – Student Evaluation, Intro. to Creative Writing, Spring 2012