Tuesday, April 19, 2022 – Lawrence, KS
I have a lot on my mind to write about. Many wonderful things happened this semester. For example, I presented my first paper ever paper at the UAA 2022 Conference in Washington DC last week, which was my first conference experience ever. It was such a fantastic experience. But today I am going to write about something else.
I had to prepare a class presentation for one of my classes this week. However, I couldn't manage to do it as I spent last week in DC. I was freaking out. So, I emailed the instructor and asked her to let me not present in class and reduce my grade. Her reaction to my email was all a life lesson that I will never forget. She was so kind to me and asked me to me give her a call. On the phone, she told me that my presence was so valuable to the class and everyone in class respected me very much, so she wanted to help me meet the requirements of the class. She had already emailed the AD of their department to confer with her about the situation and in that email, she had. written so many good things about me. She gave me time to prepare my presentation for the next session and asked to present my conference paper in class as it was relevant to our topic. When she wanted to call me in class to give the presentation, she respected me so much and told the students that the class was so lucky to have me that semester to present to them a paper that was presented at a national venue. This level of support and respect for a student that has underperformed in class is so inspirational. A person must have such a great soul to be able to be like this. I am going to stay up tonight to prepare a phenomenal presentation for tomorrow's class to respect back her trust in me. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to know such inspirational people. I will forever remember her in my heart.
Another thing that I would like to write about today is the method I adopted today at my class presentation. We usually start talking about week's papers and open the floor for discussions. What usually happens is an awkward silence. What I did today was that I came up with some statements that people could easily react to. For example, I ended my talk with saying that "We should always take an optimistic approach to qualitative research." The point is that reacting to such statement is so easy that people feel comfortable to start talking. And when words are out, the discussion starts. I imagine the bolder the statement, the easier the reaction would be. Consequently, the discussion begins at a faster pace.