I used to feel a bit like the invisible person in my university (this was helped by a string of long-time employees never recognizing me at all, even though I was the longest-serving woman in my program). I realized that I don’t feel that way anymore; I haven’t in several years. One of the reasons? My students, and former students: they’re everywhere!
My students, or former students, can be found teaching at the high schools and grade schools. They’re also off at graduate schools or working post-doc. My students work for the federal government, the provincial government and the municipal government. They work in offices of all sorts, at the banks, the bookstore, the furniture store, the restaurant and at pretty much any place in the mall. My students are journalists, on television and in print. My students are artists, writers and homemakers.
My once and future students are amazing. I realize that while I might not always be noticeable to the staff around the university, to my students I’ll always be recognizable as Professor Ancarett. And as the numbers of students I’ve taught are well into the thousands, that’s a pretty good legacy, isn’t it?