Posts filed under: Affairs of the Mind

It’s week 1 day 3 of classes. As many professors do, I’m getting visits from several students who have “missed” me over the break, and are excited to see me....
I got a call from a student 2 days ago that provided both comedy, bafflement and welcome reflection, all in the same 5 minutes! It was from one of the...
Cara has four exams in the next two days and 3 term papers due by close of business on Monday. She’s sitting in my office chatting about baking a pumpkin...
Really, people popping zits?!! (I am totally judging you Derek!). Dear Students, I need YOU to help me understand this. A small group of students and I were talking about...
Dear Students, Many of mine are in the midst of taking their midterm exams so first I must wish you good luck and good memory. It wouldn’t be me if...
[Background: I was asked not too long ago about the possibility of getting a scholarship for a student. Upon receiving her name I checked the young lady’s grade point average...
[Background: It’s your first week of classes, maybe your second or even third. You are meeting all these inspiring people. Some of them are your professors, others are upperclassmen and...
[Background: A week ago I was in the university bookstore hiding cards for students to find later. Sophia and Daniel were walking around the displays of textbooks, over and over,...
[Background: On my most current flight to Chicago for a conference, I sat next to a student who was heading back home to return to college next week. We chatted....
[Background: Seven years or so ago, I had a brilliant student. Not in the way I say that every student is brilliant, but really brilliant. He held engaged conversations, challenged...