As students build professional materials–including resumes, cover letters, and mission statements–we ask good questions to help uncover strengths and talents we might not know we possess.
We ask: For what reason do people request your input or service?
We share our answers, and we learn how our community perceives us and what we offer.
We also ask another question that I find so enlightening: What motivates you to do your best at your job?
These two questions help students think deeply about who they are and why they do what they do. I find myself challenged to answer the second question. What does motivate me? Certainly not money (if you know anything about college instructor pay). Certainly not prestige. What then?
I think it’s love. I’m motivated to do my best because of love of subject, love of student. That hasn’t changed in all these years.