Barry University houses majors ranging from nursing to sports management, all featuring professors who have different qualities to bring to the teaching table. These qualities consist of being fast-paced or manageable, being willing to help students in or outside of class, being attentive, being professional and respectable. Barry students admit that some professors simply weren’t as likeable as others.
When asked about who their favorites and not-so favorites were, students gave The Buccaneer the inside scoop.
Favorite Management Professor
“My favorite professor and class would have to be David Bone, SMB 250. His teaching style is very easy and relatable toward the stuff that we learn today. There are many topics in Sports Management that are unfamiliar to us and it’s easy for us to relate to some of these topics when he gives us some real-life examples for us to understand, rather than reading out of the textbook 24/7.”
– Jimmy Muniz Jr., Freshman, Sports Management major
Least Favorite English Professor
Speaking about his less-than-perfect Professor Vanessa Fardin, teacher of English 111, this was what a Barry first-year student had to say.
“We usually come to class and we really don’t do anything. She just comes to class, tells us what we have to do for the week, and just tells us to do it on our own. The only thing she’ll do to teach is just read the PowerPoint and expect us to understand it like that.”
-Aaron Sandy-Hewitt, Freshman, Finance major
Favorite Statistics Professor
“My favorite professor is probably Professor Ricardo Sanchez; he teaches statistics. Why? Because he teaches for the test and that helps a lot. He’s a good teacher, he makes sure you know the information, and he’s real with you.”
-Freshman Seanon May, Undecided
Least Favorite Mathematics Professor
“My least favorite professor is Professor De La Cruz. I have him for math, statistics, and I don’t want to be mean, but he has an accent. It’s just hard sometimes to understand what he’s saying.”
-Ashley Fernandez, Freshman, Pre-Nursing major
Least Favorite Speech Professor
The dreaded speech class was bound to come up, and it did when freshman Mervin Medina began criticizing his professor J.R. Steele, or as they call her, Coach Steele.
“Coach Steele, who teaches Speech, is my least favorite. Because as much as she tries to coach us, she doesn’t understand what it’s like to be taught in the way that she teaches. She expects us to know how to speak after our first speech, and she doesn’t put herself in our shoes.”
-Mervin Medina, Freshman, Sports Management major
On the other hand, freshman Kiahnaliss Ventura told The Buccaneer the opposite.
“She’s exactly like a coach. She guides you step by step and pushes you when you need a lift. She’s not even like a teacher in the class; she makes us feel like she’s one of us.”
-Kiahnaliss Ventura, Freshman Pre-Nursing major
Favorite Law Professor
Sophomore Kechelle Robinson expressed her love for the teaching style of Dr. Jillian Rivard, professor of law and psychology.
“She’s very energetic in class even though the topics we have to cover are hard to talk about. She always comes prepared with exercises and different ways to help the students understand the new material and she really makes an effort to help everyone in the class succeed.”
-Kechelle Robinson, Sophomore, Psychology major