Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Professors Can Change Lives

I found this while running a google search on myself. (What? I'm applying for teaching jobs. I need to know what I have attached my name to!)

This was a message I sent to Professor Kim Pearson the summer after I started at TCNJ.

To Professor Pearson

From: Nina
Date: 23 Jul 2002
Time: 12:43:05 -0400


I just wanted to post this message and say thank you for teaching us things that we could have never learned from a book. When we first arrived in your class it was kind of rough. No one really felt comfortable. We were in a new surrounding that was foreign to us. You helped us open up. I learned so much about my fellow classmates in the first few days of class than i think i would have by myself. Thank you for teaching us that it is okay to talk about who we are and where we come from. That is a lesson none of us will ever forget. Thank you for guiding me toward the right career path. I promise you, this is not the last time you will ever hear from me.

Professor Kim Pearson (@professorkim) has helped me so much I can not even begin to tell you. The first thing she did for me was get me to change my major. I came to TCNJ as an open options business major. She took one look at the paper I'd written her (arguing for Gay Adoption on some "Love Makes A Family" before I knew what it was...ok?) and told me I should switch my major.

I called mom to discuss it (this was before I knew I had the power and the right to make adult decisions on my own). Mom told me to listen to what my gut is telling me. The next morning I went to Records and Registration and declared English as a major.

Her contributions do not stop there. Professor Pearson is an amazing woman and I am honored to have had the privilege to get to know her. She inspires me to be a better person everyday.

Professor Kim's News Notes Blog

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