Theories and Practices
Edited By Diana Trebing and Ahmet Atay
chapter 4 One Class Can Make a Difference: The Intersecting Paths of Mentoring Friendship
Elizabeth A. Petre, Grace A. Giorgio, James T. Petre, and Jeffrey M. Harshbarger
Volo ut sis: I want you to be.
It was a warm fall day right at the beginning of the semester. One of those beautiful days early on where the sky is a piercing shade of blue with just a few clouds. The weather was so pleasant that we just had to have class outside. My boyfriend and I were students in Grace’s class. We didn’t know it at the time, but that day’s class discussion would plant the seeds for a mentorship that would become a close friendship that continues to grow and change as we age.
Liz: We were learning about the Toulmin model and how to construct an effective argument. “Can someone give me an example of a claim?” Grace asked. Before anyone else could respond, Jim didn’t miss a beat and called out “Bush is an idiot!” This caused everyone to laugh, and Grace seemed surprised and a little bit amused. Perhaps she was expecting there to be crickets—we were outside, after all. As a professor now myself, I know how it feels to anticipate the questions that tend to give students pause, so to have someone respond so quickly with an unapologetically political answer might be unexpected, maybe even a little jarring.
I don’t really remember much else from that day, but it always makes me smile to think back...
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