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Gratitude Letter to Dr. C

By Carisa Carlton

Day Four of my “30-Days of Gratitude” journey

September 8, 2017

Dear Dr. C,


This letter represents day four of my “30-Days of Gratitude” journey wherein I write a letter of gratitude everyday to someone, read my letter to them, and then publish the letter on my blog. In order to accomplish my goal, I must complete my letters start-to-finish in less than an hour; and with regard to all of my writing, my son asked me, “Why don’t you just write the final draft first?” His logic stuck with me. My gratitude journey is about spreading gratitude, and less about demonstrating my writing skills.


Dr. C, I am grateful that when I came to you seeking an alternative English teacher, you gave me the opportunity to join your class even though your class was full and we were nearing week three of the semester.


I am grateful that you stepped outside the scope of your duties by reading my UCI entrance essays and providing me with tactful responses that encouraged me to do a little better.


I am grateful for you teaching me how to re-work my writing. I’m grateful to you for the exercises you presented that helped me gain a solid understanding of the writing process from zero draft to publication.


I’m grateful that my experience with you led me to realize how much I love communicating through reportable words grounded in authenticity.


I’m grateful for the work you introduced to me, especially the National Geographic research on longevity and Writing with Style. The knowledge I gained from Blue Zones paved the way to lowering my emotional wall and introduced me to the transformational power of community connection.


I’m grateful for the example you set for me by leading our class with measured responses to disruptions. I’m grateful you allowed me to revise my work one more time after the deadline. I’m grateful that you read every word I wrote for your class assignments, which you evidenced with engaging comments.


I’m grateful for the curiosity and respect you demonstrate for opposing viewpoints. I’m grateful for you sharing your expansive, mind-blowing library of quality essays. And I’m grateful for the exemplary example of appropriate personal boundaries you set for me and our class.


Finally, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue sharing life updates with you and I am grateful that you are a dignified member of our community.


With gratefulness and appreciation, you have forever influenced my personal growth.




P.S. One of these days, I will share the circus story of how I chose you as my English professor in the first place.


P.S.S. As I don’t have your phone number, I can’t call you to read this letter, but I trust you will receive the tone as intended.


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