Well, grades are in. I’ve written thousands of words of feedback in the last two weeks, and I’ve had moments of real delight in seeing what my students come up with. One of my weaknesses as an academic writer early on was failing to escape the trap of writing almost exclusively for my doctoral advisor, with her in mind…but when my undergraduate students seem to write for me, it doesn’t bother me. It’s a continuation of a conversation by other means; their chance to monologue a bit, while I sit and listen. They can figure out how to make themselves more generally understood later on.
Matt, I shall drink a beer in your honor as I could relate to your tweet as a fellow Dad. Congratulations on your grant and enjoy your time in Denmark. Cheers and Merry Christmas.