I was in your Chemistry 2050 class last semester and I just wanted to say a quick thank you. I learned so much more than I think I have in any other chemistry course in part due to the enthusiasm you show for the material. Seeing how much you seem to enjoy what you do can truly be an inspiration for your students to put more effort into the class. Never have I spent more time studying with a group and reading the text and notes on my own than for your class. I am proud of the effort I put into the class and for the first time in a college chemistry class my effort was reflected in my grade. Organic chemistry really made me see the relevance of the other science classes I had taken; finally the information had practical applications in part due to CIITN projects. One of the main reasons I decided to e-mail you was today while reading the New York Times, I realized how much I enjoy the newspaper and how I never bothered with it much before your class. I make it a point to either read a paper or at least watch a real news program daily; I also find myself irritated when I have to "settle" for USA TODAY because campus is out of NY Times, it is just a higher quality. I have my admissions interview at the vet school in the next couple of months and they really like to talk to students about current events in the news to see how much we keep up to date, I feel so much more confident now that I feel fairly informed about things. Thanks for pushing our class to go beyond the typical chemistry curriculum- you really instilled a belief in lifelong learning! Reading the newspaper is a habit I intend on keeping from here on out. I know Professors can have rocky starts to semesters just like the students can, so I hope everything is going well for you and I wish you the best. This is a sincere thank you. . . especially since I can't be begging for a few extra credit points now that I am out of your class, but if you want to talk to my physics professor for me and tell him to cut me a little slack. . .no, I'm just kidding of course! Thanks,
Laura Braun, January 2005.