I just finished my final exam for my Organizational Behavior class. Honestly, this has been one of my favorite classes of my college career. This semester, the class only had 5 people in it- myself included. Having the small group dynamic was applicable to the course material but also to all of us students opening up and really getting into learning. This semester was the first time I have had the professor that taught this class and I actually have him for another business class as well. I was in his class every day at 8 o'clock.
After I finished the final (I was the second one left in the room) my professor motioned me out of the room. I was a little nervous since he didn't even look up when the other three finished and handed in their tests. We walked to the hallway and he shut the door. He proceeded to talk to me for 10 minutes. He encouraged me and told me he was proud of me and my work this semester. He said he has seen my dedication all throughout the semester in both of his classes by being 15 minutes early and rising up above the things that could have worn me down (assuming he was talking about group projects). He then went on to ask me what my future plans were; when I told him I wanted to be in HR in a business, he said he could see how I was in the perfect position to be on track to taking over a company, due to my track record. He mentioned he could see me going far and "places".
He told me he was thankful for me and he was encouraged by the example I was setting for my peers. Kathleen and I think this professor has been teaching at least 29 years. My professor told me that in all of his years of teaching, I was easily one of his favorite students and that was to be "commended". I almost couldn't believe that he said that! He gave me a side hug as he finished talking and said that he has honored to see me two times more (for my other class with him) before I graduate. When I told him I don't graduate until December, he seemed a little sad I wasn't signed up for any more of his classes!
Today was just a reminder to me that other people, even professors who often get bad reps, believe in me and see how God has me in the perfect place. It really is the little things in life. I may or may not have cried when I walked to go get some coffee. I was just so thankful for the unexpected pep talk from my professor after my hand had about fallen off from writing essays over organizational development interventions :-)
"I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do. " -Corrie Ten Boom