An Open Letter to My Georgetown Family
I debated what to call this post because it is an “open letter,” but calling it a letter to my “former students” seemed too, well “formal.” With graduation happening on Saturday and I will have the immense honor and pleasure of handing you your Master’s Degree diplomas – and I will do so with a sense of pride that I feel the need to express.
Since many of you who are graduating were in my first class, we all began this journey together, I feel a deep bond with you. And there are a few thoughts that I would like to express to you, the Class of 2009, and for the rest of my wonderful group of students.
Many of you may remember that, each semester, I reminded you that, although this was hard, we all were on a journey — together. And it was occasionally time to stop worrying about the grades and start thinking about the journey. I did some thinking to, and here are just some of my thoughts.
Teaching many of you has been one of the greatest joys in my life, but it was I who learned from you. Through your intelligence, intellectual curiosity and honesty, you made me better. You pushed me to work harder. You challenged me to be at my best, each and every single class.
I have also had the distinct pleasure of staying in touch with many of you and providing career advice, life advice and basically anything that (I hope) was of value. That too, is an honor; it lets me know that ours was not just a temporary relationship, but a bond that was forged through tough work and sometimes, tough love.
For the class of 2009: I feel an immense surge of pride and cannot wait to see you on Saturday. Teaching with you, working with you, learning from you has been an immense pleasure and joy.
I was there for many of you on Day 1 — and I will have the honor of being there on the last day.
I thank you all humbly for this wonderful experience.