I haven't been teaching this summer because I've been working on another project for My School. So I haven't been thinking about students, individually, just students, unknown-to-me group that I'll meet in a few weeks.
However, today my work email included a link to an online list of people who graduated from My School last Friday.
I recognized five students on that list. Not bad. Some of the more common names could have been past students as well: Ashley Williams, for instance. Or she might have been some other Ashley Williams. As for the five students, I am not one iota surprised that these five made it past the finish line, and I wish them well.
While I was reading the list, my work email made its little "you have mail" doinky-sound.
I received an email from a past student dated February 9, 2007, telling me about a problem she had with a class/job conflict.
Has that mail really been surfing in cyberspace for almost a year and a half?
And worse, am I eventually going to get all that mail that students claim they sent me but I never received?