It’s really true. If you didn’t know this about me before, I really love to learn. I am a Nerd. And, now, since my boys are enrolled full-time in college, I figured I’d join them and enroll myself too, so we’re all college students!
I admit, I was a little anxious when I received my very first assignment from my professor today, who is a day early posting, so I figured I’d be a day early too and go ahead and complete it simply to get it out-of-the-way since I have a lot on my schedule this week at my full-time job.
I’ve had all kinds of professors/teachers throughout my life. Some good. Some bad. Some really inspiring and some who just shouldn’t be teaching. Whether good or bad, every one of them educated me. From them I learned there is no perfect teacher, just like there is no perfect student, including me, even though the teacher (and students) today probably thought I was trying to earn brownie points!
One of my very best teachers was like the Robin Williams character in Dead Poets Society. With fewer than 10 people in my college journalism class, we gathered around in a circle and discussed the Associated Press Stylebook, news writing and ventured out on field trips that brought journalism to life. On a trip to a press conference at the local airport, at my teacher’s urging, I asked Pat Buchanan, a presidential candidate at the time, a question; friends later told me they saw me on CNN News that night.
The majority of my teachers at my small college were very forgiving. Like the time I missed my final exam in a communications class because I thought the test was on the same day we normally met. “I thought you had gotten confused,” she said with a smile when I was the only one who showed up for the exam. It was the same year I had been president of two campus organizations and had taken 20 hours of classes. I was stretched thin, and she had great compassion on me instead of failing me.
Not long ago, when a new teacher came to teach at my alma mater where I now work, I encouraged him by telling him something I learned a long time ago: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It’s so true, isn’t it?
I work directly with about 20 high school student ambassadors and try to be very forgiving, while at the same time teaching them the importance of being productive, responsible student leaders/citizens; it’s what I taught my own sons, in fact, just the other day a dear friend reminded me of something I had told her.
“I’ll never forget what you told me about 10 years ago,” she said.
“What was that?” I replied.
“You said, ‘It’s our responsibility to teach our children so they don’t need us [as adults] anymore.’”
“I did?” I said with a slight laugh, making sense of why I don’t receive daily phone calls from my boys, lol. However, today, upon submitting my first assignment this afternoon, I joyfully texted to let them know and received this immediate text in return: “I’m so proud of you!” For one moment, I felt like the child receiving praise from a parent.
May we never stop learning and growing together! Listen and be inspired…