I am not the Senior Seminar instructor, luckily, because getting students ready for these full department critiques are tough. Then there is the actual event – and every one of these critiques is a workout for everyone involved. We spending hours with the whole department in one room helping these students test their work on a live audience. This isn’t easy. The seniors have it it the roughest until you think about the Freshmen that are being asked to take part in this for the first time as a critic. Sometimes finding something good to say is hard, other times finding something bad to say is tough. But offering constructive criticism, advice and confidence boosting feedback is central to all of our jobs here at the University and these 3 critiques are the high points of every year.