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ON WE GO! - Weekly President's Perspective from Dr. Greene - October 24, 2018

ON WE GO! – October 24, 2018

Submitted on October 24, 2018

Last Sunday evening, Carolyn and I enjoyed dinner with this year’s Student Government Association Officers. We do that periodically, and we always find those evenings to be most pleasant. The food that Carolyn prepares is always delicious, and we find the conversation with the students always to be enjoyable and enlightening. It is fun to catch up with them, hear about their recent activities, successes or challenges, talk with them about their plans for the years directly ahead, etc. As a part of our recent conversation, we heard about their favorite professors, their most challenging courses, and even the most difficult courses they had beyond the boundaries of their academic major. The responses/descriptions we heard were simply tremendous!

There was also an element that came entirely without prompting, and that one had to do with the extraordinary appreciation the students have for their faculty. We heard of professors who were extremely demanding in their course expectations, but whom the students absolutely loved. There was a case where one of our faculty members prepared breakfast for her students, in order to give them a change of pace from the cafeteria food. Another faculty member hosted students at a local restaurant. There were stories about visiting in faculty homes; and other stories about engaging conversations with faculty in places besides classrooms or labs. There were examples of professors who worked hard to arrange student internships or travel experiences. On and on these accounts filled our conversation. These revelations throughout the entire evening absolutely warmed my heart, for they came as another reminder of the special ‘Georgetown way’ of providing an education.

On We Go!

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