I first met her in 1993, her first semester in college. She sat in the front row of my 270-person section of Cuttlefishology, and never missed a day. Over the next years, she took 4 other classes from me, including an independent study that produced what still is the best paper I have received in over 2 decades of teaching. Of course, she was one of those students you really don’t want to see graduate, because you are human, and will miss her. But she did graduate, and went on to do good work in the real world, and I never saw her again.

Except, I did! I ended up writing a letter of recommendation, years later, to help get her into the grad program in Cuttlefishology, and had her as a colleague, not a student, for another 4 years! I was quite flattered to be asked to be on her dissertation committee (yes, of course!) and flatter myself to think I actually contributed a bit to the process. It was nice to be there for the beginning and the end of this particular journey. Bookends, of a sort.

And as of today, there is another Ph.D. in the world, competing with me for jobs. And I couldn’t be happier, or prouder.

No verse. Just proud.


  1. MikeMa says

    An achievement for both of you. Well done all.

    I have had similar moments when cub or boy scouts I helped to grow are honored for something.

  2. fusilier says

    Know what you mean – one of my beginning Anatomy and Physiology students is now the program chair of our surgical technology progarm, with an office right across the hall.

    James 2:24

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    Twenty years from phrosh to phid – for a natural-born ace?!?

    Cuttlefishology: Not. Easy.

  4. Cuttlefish says

    Remember, she did go work in the real world for a decade in the meanwhile. Plus got a masters degree at a different school from Cuttlefish U.

    No slacker, this one.

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