I sat down at my desk exhausted, a day of packed grading to look forward to, but I had peace about it. And then, the Lord blessed me with THIS wonderful, sweet note, from Camden, one of my orgo TA students. I cannot tell you how encouraged she just made me! I feel so much better, with new energy. I was so afraid this whole semester that my students would suffer for my being a first year and that maybe, as Lulu joked about, I was too harsh in grading them. I'm so glad that, in spite of my faults, the Lord encouraged someone by me. It gives me renewed strength for everything I do in future. Thanks again, Camden. I really, truly appreciated your time in sharing this - it meant a lot.
I ran into Daniel Semiaticki this morning at the church I attend, and he mentioned that he knew you. For some reason, I felt compelled to send you a quick email. I just wanted to let you know that you are honestly the best lab TA I've had thus far at Emory (between both biology and chemistry courses). Despite labs not always going as expected, you were composed, thorough, attentive and caring. God has gifted you with great patience and grace. After a long Monday of work and classes your positive attitude in lab was much appreciated by my classmates and I. When you sent the class a link to your blog a few weeks back, I was flipping through it and came upon your "God blog" page. Your words are so honest, vulnerable and uplifting. Its certainly not easy being a Christian at Emory, but I'm fortunate to know people such as you who are committed to following God's will for their life despite the hardships they face academically, socially, and spiritually on a college campus.
Anyways, I hope this is a bit of an encouraging word for you. I wish you the best of luck in your future chemistry endeavors! Thank you for all the work you did to make 221 lab run smoothly. I hope you have an amazing Christmas season with family and friends.