I have a new student as an advisee who is basing all of their class decisions on Rate My Professor, the desires of their family members, and the random opinions of the few upperclassmen they've met so far. This is going to be an excellent term for them, I'm sure.
I'm already taking on more independent study students, because I am perpetually a sucker for seniors who have only recently become interested in my field.
This new class is striking me as way more interested, involved and motivated than the new students I taught last fall. Maybe it's just a first impression, but I hope this bodes well.
8 hours ago