I recently had the chance to talk witht two students at a college I was visiting. We were discussing their experiences in certain key courses in their academic programs. Each began by stating that he or she got more out of this or that course than the grade received indicated. I asked what they meant, for I hear that from my own students sometimes and at times from others. They told me about how their experiences in these courses allowed them to grow, how affirmed they felt in their attempts to reach out in new directions or to try new skills. They spoke of new selves, richer and deeper, able more effectively to engage the world.



sense of self, personal growth, self esteem

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