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a former student’s public notice for her own students

2 November 2011

It was not so long ago that I was in your position. Heck, I am still a student! I get it. You get busy, life gets in the way, coursework sometimes falls by the wayside. I am reasonable and sympathetic (even empathetic) but I am not a pushover and I am not psychic! If you have an excuse, write it on the “lame” page in your diary and find the strength to push on. If you have a real problem, come and talk to me. We will find a way to deal with it together.

That is from Lynn Hancock’s “Things your TA wishes (s)he could say to you” (emphasis mine). In it, she makes a case for going to office hours. If only my students now would heed her advice!

Here is a relevant oldie-but-goodie from Ph.D. Comics:

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