My professor is a hero.
I am taking a very difficult class, basically a senior project class for history students. I have to write a 25 page research paper. I've never written anything over 10 pages. Safe to say, I am intimidated and overwhelmed.
My professor is Paul Longmore. On the first day of class, he wheeled in on a motorized wheelchair. Obvious spine curviture, can't move his arms, and has to use a breathing tube. I have to admit I was a little put off at first. Throughout the first two class sessions, he has proven to be a humorous, understanding, and extremely intelligent person. I'm still freaking out about doing this essay, but he has made me feel more comfortable with it. He has been quite helpful. Very helpful.
I decided to do a Google search on him. I came across some things which have blown my mind. He has written an award-winning book called Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability. He writes articles for newspapers on disability rights. And he is a political activist. "In 1988, Longmore lit a match to his book on George Washington in front of the Social Security Administration's offices in Los Angeles as a protest to policies that penalized disabled professionals for earning money through education, fellowships and grants. The Longmore Amendment was established soon after, allowing disabled authors to count publishing royalties as earned income."
This has made me motivated to do well in the class. At the same time, it has also intimidated me even more.