neither was a random drive a matter of life and death. Reopening schools is.
Both of these students, and so many more that I have had the honor with whom to work, have broken so many molds, broken stereotypes, and exploded onto the academic scene.
There are striking similarities. In both groups, with few exceptions, they’ve entered their respective fields out of a desire for service. In both, the vast majority of them are good people of high moral fiber. In both, there are exceptions.
if you find yourself taking a summer course (some of which have already started, so my apologies that this is being published after you’ve begun, but there are a few things you can do to help ensure your success.
as far as grades go, what will assessment mean this year? Is it a reflection of the skills of the teachers, the parents, or of the students and their self-discipline?
The pandemic has wreaked havoc. There’s just no two ways about that. While people are struggling with being unable to work, teaching children at home, loss income and insurance the hardships have rippled throughout or society. Higher education is not without its challenges as well.
Knowledge is like love; it’s not brought about by trivialities and is a term that is often used far more casually than it should be. It takes time to prove, effort to build, and dedication to demonstrate.
Teaching is a difficult job (as many parents are learning this year) with many hours of preparation time, grading, and behind-the-scenes work just for the fifty minutes a class in front of the students. But try not doing that; the students will call you on it if you fall behind in grading or aren’t prepared for the lecture,
she also happens to be quite a lovely young woman, and while her appearance has absolutely no impact on her abilities in science and mathematics, it very much influences how people will see her.
for the graduating class of 2020, here is my applause for you. You did it. You won’t get the ceremony it deserves, or it will be postponed, but that doesn’t dampen your accomplishment, nor does it darken your future.