I've been learning to use a critical approach whenever I absorb new information. This pattern of critical thinking offers me a chance to not only see the world better, but see myself better by empowering me to practice introspection regularly.
—Kessi Lin, Class of 2022, Steinhardt, Education Studies
I still remember when we discussed how science influenced people's everyday lives and different comprehensions of modern technology. [Now], when I read research articles and review papers, I still have the habit of looking for the strengths and weaknesses of the research methodology and ways to improve my study.
—Yansong Peng, Class of 2019, Tandon, Mechanical Engineering
I completed eight reports this weekend and it would be an impossible mission if I had never taken our writing class. I think our class helped me start to think deeper when coming across some topics that I would ignore before. I am especially thinking about labeling these days, maybe because I am doing a lot of clinical session observations about transgender voice modification.
—Lily Jiao, Class of 2023, Steinhardt, Communicative Sciences and Disorders
As an international student, writing in English is never easy for me. But international writing workshop taught me to write down my ideas at an academic-level and inspired me to think critically. I think my journey in bilingual writing starts there and it gives me more courage to continue my career as a journalism student.
—Silvia Gui, Class of 2023, CAS
For me, international writing class was the start of my writing career in college. I became confident when I submitted my essays and believe that my essays can compete with all those native students, which I never felt before. Now these experiences have powered me to continue my advanced study which might require me to write scientific papers.
The tools we learned in this class have been useful for the writings we do for all other liberal art classes. Specifically, one lesson that stayed with me was the synthesis of the contents of different sources and building a conversation between them.
—Zihe Tian, Class of 2023, CAS
For me, my freshman writing-workshop class was a crash course on the core values that the American college education impart: the ability to think critically about the words you consume and to communicate your own point of view--something I was never taught [before].
—FJ, Class of 2022, CAS