Hi Dr. Glaser-
I am very excited to write you, because I've intended to write you ever since I took your Organic Chemistry class two years ago. I don't know why I finally have the confidence to write tonight (although having some Samuel Adams beer-the darker the better- might have helped), but I do. I have always wanted to tell you that you are the most inspirational, intelligent, astounding professor that I have ever, and probably will ever have. I know that your style of teaching at times seemed unconventional and almost ineffective for some students, but I have never worked as hard and learned as much as the semester when I took your class. You pushed your students to expand their mental limitations and invited them to grow. Any student that walked away from your class disappointed was not prepared to encompass all you had to offer. The character of my professors is also important to me. I have a difficult time being receptive to what someone has to say if I don't respect their lifestyle or their persona. But these are all qualities that I admired in you. You expressed concern about the environment, exploring the world, knowledge for the sake of knowledge and even taught us about the importance of eating organic foods (which was one of my most favorite lectures).
I wanted to not only write to finally share my appreciation for you, but also to see if you could offer some guidance. Organic chemistry has piqued my interest like none other. My friends call me a nerd and nobody understands, but I absolutely love Organic Chemistry. It's not genetics because my mom doesn't feel the same way, and it's not environmental because nobody I grew up with feels the same way. But understanding and loving Organic Chemistry just must be some destined, innate thing in my brain. I feel like I'm reading a novel when I read mechanisms and push electrons. My roommates laugh at me while I write this-which must mean I sound cheesy, but these are things I've been meaning to tell you.
While taking your class I changed my major from Animal Science to Biochemistry because that brought me closer to studying Organic. I don't have long until I graduate and I'm struggling with what to do with myself (apparently one is supposed to have some grand life plan upon graduation). I'm postponing my graduation a semester by studying aborad in Costa Rica, but come May 2007, I'm not sure what to do with myself. I was hoping that you could offer me some advice. Currently I have only looked into going to graduate school at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology because my brother lives out there and I would like to have more wildlife time. However, I realized again today while studying beta oxidation with fatty acids how much I loved Organic Chemistry.
I figured I at least owe it to myself to contact you and see what you thought. I realize more and more how precious life is and how a single day shouldn't be wasted doing something you'd rather not. If I could somehow incorporate wildlife studies with Organic Chemistry that would be ideal. However, currently most wildlife people feel my degree is overqualified and most chemistry positions do not include any field research. If you could offer any advice it would be more appreciated than I can express. I'm sorry for the continuous babble, again I say that I had a few excellent beers tonight. But I highly regard you and your opinion and thought maybe you could help me figure out what I can do after graduation. Thanks again for your time, it feels good to finally express myself. Please don't feel like a quick response is necessary, because I prefer quality over quantity. I hope that you have a great day and you can now be assured that you have touched at least one student.
All the Best,