Working in academia is a perfect illustration of the maxim stating that “You cannot make everybody happy“.
This is particularly true about teaching…
And in my case, I teach an average of 500 students or so per semester, so, just statistically, I am surely not everyone’s cup of tea. The nature of the beast is that one should always give students the grade they deserve, and oftentimes that’s not the grade that the student wants. They generally don’t like you very much if they do not get what they want (to be fair, I know I didn’t like it the times it happened to me when I was on that side of the fence a few moons ago…).
On the other hand, once in a while I get appreciation notes and messages from my students. I cherish these, and I keep all of them.
Today I wish to share with you the latest: a nice and thoughtful note with a (very good) likeness of yours truly from a student, drawn in the back page of this term’s (Spring 2019) pharmacology final exam… The best part of this story is that the student, a young woman in science, was an excellent student, with great grades in my class prior to the final exam. The appreciation was genuine…
Enough said (:’-)
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