First weeks

Tomorrow marks week three of the fall semester and I’m back to teaching five classes along with publishing Florida Trail Riders magazine. It’s been a long summer of yoga, cycling, running on the beach and trying to finish my novel, and I was anxious to get back to work inside the classroom and help inspire a future generation of journalists. I received an email from a former student who is now “trying to survive” at UCF “keeping in mind” her “main goal of becoming a reporter.”

Thanks to my “devoted teaching,” she said she found out what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.  She even thanked me for being hard on deadlines, writing: “Your class was the most challenging class I have taken, yet your class is undoubtedly the one I have had the most fun and happiness. ”

She went on to write: “It’s crazy how after your class, I know how to report because you really covered everything that is there to know about journalism,” she wrote. “Now (it’s) a matter of learning grammar and perfecting what you taught me. ”

The best part was, after writing back to her and telling her about my busy schedule, she remembered something I said in class: “I’m taking with me that you said something like… the more tasks, the more you can do.”

This is probably one of the most important pieces of advice I can give the students: “The more you do, the more you can do.”

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu


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