A myriad of individuals came into this cohort study last September, like those who came before us and those who follow. We became a motley crew who are about to disband.
(OK, if only for Janis, or to beat him to the punch:
In that Social Media is one of our classes, and this WordPress site serves as our social media blog-central for our course work, what better way to broadcast my gratitude than to make my seventh blog (a gimme, academically) an homage to my cohort, my instructors, the academic program, and my school? I am grateful for the entire experience. And while I had vague expectations going into this nine-month study, I found it was more than I expected at every level.
First for a reason, I am thankful to my teachers. Every instructor in our study was exceptional. As an adult learner, it is refreshing to be taught by genuinely engaged professionals who bring their entire skill-set, lives, personalities and passions into the classroom. Most of us came into this program with an established, professional foundation but the teachers helped add a story or two to our structures. Some of us added a couple wings! Your words and lectures will resonate for the rest of my life.
(OK, Janis, Chuck or Rob, because I know you wanna.
The curriculum wasn’t perfect, but in any varied student composition, that is a challenge and never prefect. Still, as an adult learner, I was able to personalize my work for my purposes and still work the cohort process. It was more challenging than I’d expected. That’s good. But I never expected the program to lead me to – or back to – a place that would marry my past education, professional strengths, passion and inner talents like it did. I am leaving school with a sense of ease I could not have reclaimed without it.
This institution opened its doors for a new kind of student with its grant programs. Without changing its essence, everyone let us learn and explore with freedom. You taught us by example. The faculty and advisors listened and helped me refine the steps to my next chapter. You have made a life-long friend and partner. Thank you.
Like Dorothy with the scarecrow, I bid farewell to my cohort with the whispered words, “I think I will miss you most of all.”
We were told this relationship would feel like family and that we would become best friends as quickly as we would separate. I have experienced enough loss in this life to know that may be something I can’t change. But before we drift to the four corners of this planet like dandelion seeds in the summer wind (all right, Chuck:
http://www.tubechop.com/watch/2954582 ), please know that I will keep my friendship open to anyone who calls and will always be there to help if I can. In other words (for everyone this time), I won’t be Alex Forrest, played by Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.
But I will keep the lessons you taught me forever.
Farewell. Forever and always, Skeezix’s brat. SB