Finally! A guest blogger on the AirBubble blog. Meet Jamie, a Dodge Caravan driving, hockey coaching, college student with a sharp sense of humor. Read on for Jamie’s Valentine’s Day Wish.
“Will you be my …. mentor?”
Day approaching, it is important that we take a step back, and examine the
truly valuable relationships in our lives. As humans, we must ask ourselves
questions like, “Is it time to give my cleaning lady a raise?” or “Should I
drunk dial my ex?” While both are deserving of a fair deal of thought,
there are other less obvious relationships that need examining.
about the relationships you have with your professors.
great advantages of attending a community college is that the majority of
professors are accessible and caring. With a little effort, they will take
a genuine interest in your wellbeing.
off the semester with a confident introduction, followed by some light
conversation. The semester progresses and you attend every class. A few weeks
in, he brushes by you. You react with a smile. He gently flutters his
eyelashes. He appreciates the smile. Eventually, you corner your
professor during his office hours. You
shut the door and take a seat. Sure, he probably doesn’t want to hear you
talk about how good Cornell colors look on you, but you talk his ear off for 30
face it, you love to hear yourself talk. Throughout the semester your
relationship flourishes into something beautiful. Your B’s become A’s.
You find yourself looking forward to class. And while his use of emoticons in grading
your paper has become borderline inappropriate, you are content. Because
that’s his thing…. ….
suddenly its time to pop the question:
sweetheart… App deadlines are approaching…
to take our relationship to the next level…
write me a letter of recommendation?
yes without hesitation and as a student, you have just experienced your defining
moment. You attend college and someone knows who you are!!
may have spent that first semester at Albany, partying away Mom and Dad’s
money, this letter signifies that you came back. And, -to quote my dad- “DID
WHAT THE xxx YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO DO AS A 23 YEAR OLD ADULT!”.
FORWARD TEN MONTHS>>
setting up your room at the Cornell dorms and haven’t spoken to your professor
since finals. You’ve moved on, but he can’t seem to take a hint.
You guys just weren’t compatible long-term. Besides, long-distance
is just too hard.
had was meaningful while it lasted. You both gained perspective on life.
Through the highs and the lows, you had someone to call your mentor, your
friend. A guiding light in the sometimes pitch black environment that is
he’s connected at Citigroup… I mean, only if that whole musician thing
doesn’t pan out…
So this Valentine’s Day, send a box of sweet-tarts and strike up a conversation with
your favorite professor. You never know where it will take you.