Every now and then, a student surprises me with a little gift. I am always moved by their thoughtfulness and generosity.
This semester alone, I've gotten a handmade headband from a student who specializes in making accessories and a bag of coffee from another. Two weeks ago, I received a pocket-sized mirror in traditional Korean design, and today a student brought me coffee and a slice of New York-style cheesecake.
These gestures go a long way in keeping up my energy and passion for teaching. And lately they've tended to arrive at just the right time.