A Valentine’s Day Wish from a Guest Blogger

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?”

With Valentine’s
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.

I’m talking
about the relationships you have with your professors.

One of
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.  
 

You start
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
minutes anyways.  

Because
you can.

And let’s
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….  ….  
  

Then
suddenly its time to pop the question:

Prof….
sweetheart…  App deadlines are approaching…

And, well….

I’m ready
to take our relationship to the next level…

Will you
write me a letter of recommendation?

He says
yes without hesitation and as a student, you have just experienced your defining
moment.  You attend college and someone knows who you are!!

While you
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!”. 

>>FAST
FORWARD TEN MONTHS>>

 You are
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.  

What you
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
community college.  

Also,
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.

  • Christine

    Wow! Clever and entertaining– also think I might email my psych professor. Just not for Valentines Day.

  • Alice Volpi

    As a student at WCC, in the past two years I had a lot of different professors and let me tell you that….they are not all the same! Sometimes you are lucky, and find a great professor, always ready to explain the same lesson over and over again until you get it. But let me ask you something, did you ever thank him/her for helping you?
    Our professors see ability in us that we don’t even know to have; they encourage us, stimulate us, and make us work hard to meet the goals that we chose. I think that studying at WCC we got kind of spoiled about this; we don’t really realize it, but the professors are always ready to write us letters of recommendation, or advice us about classes and colleges. One day, I was talking with a friend who attends a college in the city. She was having some troubles with a class, so I suggested she speak to the professor. At the beginning, she just stared at me for few seconds, and then she told me “My professor never gave us his email, and he doesn’t have an office. When class is over he is the first one to walk out, so I don’t think he would be available to meet with me after class.” I couldn’t believe it; do these kinds of professors really exist?
    Last week I saw a Valentine’s Day’s commercial for Dove chocolate where people give chocolate to the coffee shop employees for making every day the perfect cup of coffee. Well, we all know how important our cup of coffee is in the morning, but in a way, the commercial teaches us how to appreciate everyone around us. Of course, it’s everything part of a plan to make us spend more money on chocolate for every single person that we know, which is one of the main goal of advertising, but let’s admit it, who doesn’t like to receive chocolate??
    In conclusion, when a professor does something nice for us, just stop for a second, and realize that is not entirely is job, this is its passion too, so next time offer him/her a chocolate, or a cup of coffee, just a way to say thank you!

  • Alice Volpi

    As a student at WCC, in the past two years I had a lot of different professors and let me tell you that….they are not all the same! Sometimes you are lucky, and find a great professor, always ready to explain the same lesson over and over again until you get it. But let me ask you something, did you ever thank him/her for helping you?
    Our professors see ability in us that we don’t even know to have; they encourage us, stimulate us, and make us work hard to meet the goals that we chose. I think that studying at WCC we got kind of spoiled about this; we don’t really realize it, but the professors are always ready to write us letters of recommendation, or advice us about classes and colleges. One day, I was talking with a friend who attends a college in the city. She was having some troubles with a class, so I suggested she speak to the professor. At the beginning, she just stared at me for few seconds, and then she told me “My professor never gave us his email, and he doesn’t have an office. When class is over he is the first one to walk out, so I don’t think he would be available to meet with me after class.” I couldn’t believe it; do these kinds of professors really exist?
    Last week I saw a Valentine’s Day’s commercial for Dove chocolate where people give chocolate to the coffee shop employees for making every day the perfect cup of coffee. Well, we all know how important our cup of coffee is in the morning, but in a way, the commercial teaches us how to appreciate everyone around us. Of course, it’s everything part of a plan to make us spend more money on chocolate for every single person that we know, which is one of the main goal of advertising, but let’s admit it, who doesn’t like to receive chocolate??
    In conclusion, when a professor does something nice for us, just stop for a second, and realize that is not entirely is job, this is its passion too, so next time offer him/her a chocolate, or a cup of coffee, just a way to say thank you!

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