We never really know, as teachers, how much of an effect we have on our students, though sometimes they give us hints about how much we meant to them.
I heard from two students from last term at Local U. yesterday – and each of them was from a different class. Evan sent me a text message that went like this:
Chili! I’m studying rhetoric.
Ooooh! One of my favorite topics! Spill!
Um, I’m taking persuasive writing and I’m reading a book on rhetoric but it’s tough reading, haha
Oh, I bet. Can I help?
Prob not at the moment, but I’m sure that later in the semester. I thought you’d like to hear I’m taking the class, though.
I’m jazzed by it, Evan. Keep me in mind if I can help!
How cool is that? I was touched that he thought to tell me – to brag, actually – that he’s engaged in “my” field. What fun!
I also got an email from Lia last night. She chimed in to warn me about a virus that’s designed to infect Macs. Lia regularly gave me a hard time in class about being a “crunchy Mac person,” to which I responded that I was okay with that label, not only because it was true – well, not the “crunchy” part, but the Mac person part – and that we Mac people don’t suffer the same virus attacks as PC people do. She was emailing to set me straight. How did she sign her letter? “Love, Lia – your favorite pain in the ass”
Goddess, I love my job!