A former student just made my week, maybe my month. I hadn’t seen him since he graduated, with a double-major in political science and communications, two or three years ago, but he walked into my office unannounced and said, “I just wanted to thank you.”
“For teaching me methods and taking me to that political science conference. It was so helpful when I was working on my master’s.”
Awesome. I think methods is my most important class, but the hardest sell for students who find the shift to empirical analysis difficult. It’s great to get some positive feedback on occasion.