It’s hard to believe how fast time flies by: it was just few weeks ago (or feels like it) when I was standing in front of my nearly 30 students introducing myself. And here we are only a few days short from congratulating new graduates, and submitting the final grades to the student management system… spring and graduates are sure sign of the summer, even in Alaska.
Today is the big day. To my students. I finished their final exam last night – 7 pages of tough questions to answer in 75 minutes. After getting done with the exam, I have been grading homework assignments and weekly exercises nearly non-stop the whole night. And more to go through still …. I know how I will spend my nights this week.
Teaching at UAA has been such a blast and blessing this Spring semester. My students have been awesome beyond awesome, and I am proud of every single one of them. While Computer Science is not always the easiest subject to figure out, they have been working really hard while figuring out the problems. And I have learned so much from them. Every course I have been teaching at the university level has taught me new pedagogical skills, making me a better professor. I have grown together with my students. And I dare claim we have had a great time – well, at least I have had fun…. hopefully my beliefs about being an extraordinary professor won’t be crushed when the class reviews come in.