An Open Letter To The Professors At Lee University

An Open Letter To The Professors At Lee University

To the amazing people who prepare us for our future in and out of the classroom.

Maybe I'm a little biased, or maybe I am just being honest. Lee University is home to the best professors in the entire world, and I am sure of it. It is a blessing to attend a school that chooses professors carefully, and for as small as Lee is, it is awesome to never feel as if I am overshadowed in a classroom. I have the ability to form a relationship with my professors, and it's nice to know that I have people in life who are able to hold me to my standard of how I should be performing in the classroom while being intentional.

So here's to you, Lee University professors:

You are the best of the best. Thank you for caring so much about your students. It's such a privilege to come into a classroom where our teachers are allowed and encouraged to fellowship and pray with us. Thank you for seeing us as people and understanding that we are not perfect. Thank you for working with us as much as you possibly can. Thank you for genuinely caring about us. Thank you for loving your career.

Thank you for letting us be stressed out, but telling us not to worry. Thank you for letting us cry in your office. Thank you for being a true model of how God uses people in the smallest of ways. Thank you for caring enough about our learning to put your weight at the classroom door before you enter. Thank you for making us feel welcome at Lee.

Thank you for having a good attitude on the bad days and celebrating with us on the good days. Thank you for encouraging the students to find their calling and to do what they love. Thank you for having a life when you leave your office. Thank you for being a mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandmother, or grandfather. Thank you for understanding what's most important in life. Thank you for answering the call that God has for your life.

Thank you for encouraging us to be leaders, givers, and genuine. Thank you for inspiring us with your ministry and dedication to serve those around you. Thank you for consistently making the effort. Thank you for wanting the best for us, and for pointing us to a God who wants the best for us, too. Thank you for sometimes being our "at school parents" and sometimes being the fun aunt/uncle. Thank you for being the best, even though we don't always voice that. You have all impacted lives during your time at Lee, and the students of Lee University are forever grateful.

With all our love and appreciation,

Lee University Students

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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