Week 13 of classes is upon us!
And by “classes” I mean one class. All of my lectures and tutorials ended last week, except for one class from which I just need to pick up some graded assignments – WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?!
Even on the last day of my classes, I learned something new. Or rather experienced something new.
After my last lab, my lab partners asked if we could all take a picture together with our lab assistant. What a great idea! I loved working with them this semester, and our lab assistant had been really helpful and patient with us (VERY patient!). I figured they suggested a picture because it was probably the last time they’d see me again (I hope not!!) and it was a good way to remember the semester. As we all left, I was planning on leaving last so I could say an extra thanks and goodbye to our lab assistant, since I was leaving the country and everything, but I wasn’t expecting Nora and Farra to do the same thing. It made me realize I’m not the only one who might never see that lab assistant or our other classmates in that lab again. That’s just how it works here – there’s a lot more students than I’m used to, so you cycle through a lot more faces. Back home, I can guess who will be in my project groups next year, because there’s only 21 of us. I’ve never had the urge to take a picture with my lab group, or even lab assistant, because I’d just see them the next day, and we probably have pictures together ALREADY of us doing other things outside of class.
A similar experience happened at the conclusion of one of my lectures last week. As the professor closed his presentation, the auditorium filled with applause. The students were all applauding our professor, which I’d never imagined doing before. But why not?! One of the main reasons I chose to go to Bucknell was the close relationships I saw students share with their classmates and professors. Which I’m so thankful for! But, UNSW’s culture has made me re-check the amount of respect we show our professors at Bucknell. Our small classes might make it a bit awkward to start a round of applause at the end of the semester, but all of our professors deserve that amount of thanks (and more!).
So, I hope I haven’t made this sound too cheesy, but this is me sending out a round of applause – a standing ovation – to all of the teachers I’ve had in my life. At Windy Hill Elementary, Mutual Elementary, Southern Middle School, Calvert High School, Bucknell University, and University of New South Wales -THANK YOU!