A realization…

During my time at St. Thomas, it has seemed at times that I have been “picked on.” This mainly consists of being held to seemingly higher standard for input than other students and being pushed back upon when turning in assignments. Now, I am aware that I may have some paranoia around how others perceive my performance so I have just written it off based on that up to this point. In a couple of my classes, however, even the other students remarked on it and I started thinking that there might just be something to this perception.

Last night I stayed a bit after class to discuss my final presentation that I had just given with the professor and we got off subject a bit to where he revealed that I am known as one of the “kids” in the program. Going on to explain further, this is not because of my age, which is somewhat unique, but rather that I come to these classes ready to learn and get value. “Bright-eyed” was the defnition, I believe. This is the same professor who last week pulled me aside and gave me some tips on presenting better. At the time, I took it as simple criticism.

Reflecting on this, I think that the professors and adjuncts of my classes have pushed me harder and given me more feedback is that they believe that it is a good investment of their effort. Rather than feeling picked upon, I should be greatful that I am getting more attention and bang for my buck, so to speak, than my peers.

In the moment it is hard to appreciate, though. I have to work better at not reading every criticism as negative.


4 thoughts on “A realization…

  1. rick juchems

    I’m glad to know others expect great things from you. I know you are up to the task. Keep working and enjoy the little rewards that come along the way. We’ll see you both in a couple weeks.


  2. rick juchems

    I suppose you don’t fall far from the tree, I tend to take feedback very personnaly and assume it is criticism…just ask your dad! Keep listening and try to implement the ideas that your professors share. Jane

  3. Dave

    crazy teaching noticing the students that are trying, and crazy students thinking that the teachers are out to get them

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