When my grandfather passed away, I was late handing in an assignment. I thought I'd just have to live with the 4 point grade deduction. But Professor (Ellen) Barton actually took the time to email me personally and ask why my assignment was late. I explained my situation to her, and she kindly offered to waive the late penalty and offered me a small extension on the assignment. Without her compassion, I think I could have easily slipped through the cracks and wound up either failing the project, or worse, dropping out of the course entirely.
I don't think a day has gone by this past month when I haven't thought about her kindness, and what a difference her actions have made in my life. She could have chosen an entirely different method of handling the situation, and yet, she chose compassion and kindness when not everyone would have. When completing all of my studies online, sometimes it is easy to feel like a number. Professor Barton made me feel like a cared for, important member of her course.
- Student testimonial for WRIT 265: Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts (2015)