How to Wow a Professor Who is not Easily Wowed College Life

Hello everyone:

I started a new teaching assignment today. I’ve been an adjunct professor for 12 1/2 years now, but today was the first time I stood in front of a class as an Associate Professor. What an experience! I have moved out of secular colleges and into the world of full time residential work at a large Christian university. Let me tell you about the young people I met today.

They were all “bright eyed and bushy tailed” as my mother used to say. None of them had eyes dulled by relaxing cigarettes or made drowsy by an early visit with adult beverages. They were polite and paid attention in class. They were enthusiastic, pleasant, and greeted one another with joy.  In one of the classes, two of the fellows offered to open our class meeting with prayer. In the other, a young man happily stepped up to do the honors.

When a student asked a question, they all responded non-verbally with great interest. They were genuine, the real deal. How refreshing! Folks, I have been standing in front of students since 2006, but this instructor, who is not easily impressed, was totally wowed by these young people. The future of our nation will one day be in their hands. I am duly impressed.


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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