Had our first Saturday morning English Practicum class today. Knew some folks from other classes in August, and saw a tall blond young man I thought I recognized. "Excuse me," I said. "Did you go to Towson University?"
"I did," he replied, extending his hand. "And you are the professor who inspired me to teach English."
And here I thought I never got through to anyone! Justin wrote thoughtful essays, often overwrought and a bit scattered, but more interesting than the typical ENGL102 fare. Now he's a veteran high school English teacher in Baltimore County, earning his Master's in Ed.
A very beautiful young woman from Tennessee introduced herself and we went to get coffee during break. She graduated from Sewanee, and speaks with a marvelously precise southern diction. I'd forgotten, being out of academia for a couple years, how many really hot English majors there are.