Many of the students in Countryman’s class are required to take the course for their majors, like Shaunte Gregoire ‘23, a sophomore physical therapy major who lives in Rodman, New York. Gregoire took a physics class in high school, but said she enjoys this class more.
“It’s hard to put the fun in physics because there’s a lot of math, and not everyone likes math,” she said. “Professor Countryman is doing a great job making it interactive and easy for us to understand. She also makes it very accessible for us.”
Gregoire also said that Countryman designed the course to cater to students’ different learning preferences.
Alonso Gonzalez Reynaud ‘23, a sophomore physical therapy major from Highland Mills, New York, said he misses working with a lab partner in person, so he really enjoys the group work done in breakout sessions on Zoom in Professor Countryman’s class.
“It breaks the ice,” said Gonzalez. “I really like that she gives us the videos to watch on our own time and then group work to discuss the concepts together.”
Gonzalez said he would definitely recommend Countryman’s class to other students.
“It’s always nice to see a professor enjoying what they teach,” he said. “That’s a good thing for students to see — professors loving what they do.”
Countryman said she plans to take advantage of these activities moving forward, and even building on them.
"There’s something about the ability to see physics in your own life; it’s very tactile in that way," she said.