- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@sunelake27: I could never, ever, ever be a teacher, but I respect those that do it. While I’m obviously not a teacher, let me share something with you…
I had extreme anxiety that didn’t allow me to go to class, the store, anywhere, by myself. Sometimes I couldn’t even go even if people went with me. Some people say that teachers don’t make that big of an impact, but I’m going to copy/paste an email that I wrote to my economics professor from the past two semesters at my college.
When I was in high school, I graduated with a 4.6 GPA and was at the top of my class. I could have gone to any college I wanted, and everyone was expecting me to do great things, including myself.
By the time I hit my senior year in college, my anxiety was so bad that I couldn’t make a quick run to the grocery store without panicking and giving up, let alone go to class for hours at a time. Everyone around me was graduating, while I had given up on myself. I was convinced that I would never graduate or make anything of myself. I prepared to begin moving up the few ranks at my hourly retail job.
The teachers that I’ve spoken to have all said the same thing — the best part of their job is being a positive influence to a student, and to help them as much as possible, even if it’s only one or two students in their lifetime.
I want you to know that, if nothing else, you’ve changed my life.
Your pure joy and love for the material sparked my own love of economics, and somehow you motivated me everyday to fight through my anxiety and to make it to class. Obviously not everyday was a victory, and there were a few days I missed. However, I hope you can see as much change as I’ve seen in myself.
One day, I sat in your office and asked you about graduate school. I was convinced I’d never get into any schools, let alone graduate from UCF with my BA. On that day, you told me that I was smart enough to get a graduate degree, and I’ve never looked back since then.
You may never know how much you’ve affected me this past year, but I have to say thank you anyway. Having someone who I look up to and admire believe in me, motivate me and encouage me has turned my whole world around.
Because of you, I have my motivation back. I truly bleieve that I can do those great things expected of me, and I will forever more ask myself “would Dr. ****** be proud of this?” while accomplising my goals.
Thank you, for everything.
As a professor, you may not impact everyone all the time, and there may be some difficult times in your career, but I’d like to think that even changing a few lives like my professor changed mine would be worth it to someone who wants to make a difference. I may not be the next president of the US, or CEO of P&G (god I wish), but I’ll never forget that professor, and I’ll always be thankful for what he did for me.