I have been cleaning out email all day. So much email! Amid the mess I found a request from a dear student whom I taught almost 3 years ago. She is now at a different CUNY community college (BMCC) and applying for a scholarship. She wrote to me because she needed a letter of recommendation.

On my To Do list today? A million other things. Not on my To Do list? A letter of recommendation.

But I did it.

And she was thrilled and sent me this photograph of us from last year’s graduation:


Which made me feel this (billboard in the Bronx in memorial of Beastie Boy MCA, Adam Yauch):


Sometimes the payoffs of teaching are crystal clear.