An Open Letter to the Professor Whose Class I Loved

When I graduated high school two years ago, many people told me how great college would be because of how I will get to focus on myself and what I want to do in life, as well as take some cool classes. Since I came into college knwoning exactly what I wanted to major in, and I knew which classes I needed to take for my degree, with the help of my advisor. I liked all of my degree classes as well as my General Education courses, but there was one class in particular that stood out from the rest. I never saw myself taking a class like this one, but I am so glad I did. It will always be a special class to me, and I really want the professor to know that. 

Dear Professor, 

I can't believe how long it has been since our class ended. Although it has only been a few semesters since it ended, it seems like it has been longer. I want you to know how much I enjoyed the class, and how grateful I am for the opportunity to have taken it. Although I was a bit hesitant about taking it at first because of the topic of the class, I knew from the moment I stepped in the room on the first day that this was the one for me. Our class was small and energetic, and I loved how close we all got through all of the fun projects you had us do. You made learning so much fun with your excessive amount of enthusism, and you never failed to make me smile or laugh during class. I always knew that you would be there during office hours to help me with anything I needed. Your door was wide open, your spare chair was available, and you always took as much time as I needed to ensure that I succeeded on whatever assignment or paper I needed help on, no matter how big or small it may have been. I always looked forward to coming to class and office hours, and I was sad when the semester ended, because that meant that both our class and your office hours were ending too. 

In addition to helping me on an academic level, you also helped me on a personal level. Any professor who knows me well knows that I can be very quiet in class, and when I do speak I get really nervous, often leading to me stuttering in fear of saying something wrong or stupid. I will always remember the warm, spring day when we were sitting outside enjoying our coffee and that topic came up, and you gave me the best piece of advice I have ever received. That piece of advice was, "You should never be afraid, especially considering the field you are going into." From that day forward, I have always kept that piece of advice with me, and each time I'm in a class and I want to say something but I get nervous, I immediately hear your voice inside my head saying, "Don't be afraid." I can honestly say that you giving me that boost of confidence is the best thing anyone has done for me since I have entered college. I cannot thank you enough for that special gift, and it is something that I will always keep with me, especially once I begin my career as an elementary school teacher. 

Once again, I can't thank you enough for an amazing class, and for being an extraodinary professor. You have helped me in numerous ways, both academically and personally, and I am so happy about how close we were able to get throughout the semester. You are a professor who I feel as though I can talk to about anything, and although I am no longer a student of yours, I love being able to stop by your office hours, catch up, and bond over our love of chai and literature. You are one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and I am so glad that I can call you not only my professor, but also my friend. 

Sincerely, 

A very happy student 

 

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