You never know who is listening

Closing the chapter

This is a small post, but I think the message is important.

My students are prepping for their final projects and Student Showcase. Most are still in shock that the final days of their college career is coming to an end. Just yesterday we were saying ‘Hello’ for the first time, and now we are saying ‘Goodbye’ for the last.

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You’d be amazed at the stories students tell under the protection of the “Cone of Silence”.

As this week winds down, a few students have approached me privately to let me know how I have affected them during their time in the program. Sure, they learn the technical skills for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and such, but it’s the non-academic lessons that seem to sink in most.

I’m proud of that, because at the end of the day, it’s the person who does the work. Not the computer. And if the person is broken, then the work is too.

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I like how he wrote the self-edit note about leaving an orphan. I should rag him about the kerning of “orphan”, too 😛

Braver than brave

Over the years I have served in multiple roles: Instructor, Mentor, Advisor, Psychologist, Friend…Mother. You’d be amazed at the stories students tell under the protection of the “Cone of Silence”. Amazed at the uncontrollable hardships they suffer with full-time jobs, full-time school schedules, and only themselves to depend.

It’s good to be told how you actually affect those around you.

They are braver than brave.

They repeatedly hover at the brink, yet still find strength to push on.

Coming full circle

It’s good to be told how you actually affect those around you. I strive to be the best instructor that I can, vowing never to forget from where I came (We were all students once, right?).

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It seems my students and I have come full circle. They started the program with me and are ending it just the same. I have served in some form or fashion as their mentor, friend, or confidant over the course of their college careers, and I can proudly say that they have now become mine.

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