I like to think that most people spend a fair amount of time just trying to figure shit out. While person A may do it differently than person B, it seems reasonable to me that the simple act of contemplat-ing the bigger things in life can lead to a greater understand-ing of self and the world. Sociology gave me the tools to do this.
I took my first sociology class in community college. That intro class challenged my reality for an hour and 10 minutes,Monday through Thursday. I loved how uncomfortable it made people to hear, perhaps for the first time, that a portion of their successes and failures could be attributed to forces beyond their control. "So you're telling me that I am good at basketball because of my birth date? Up yours, prof."
I met Professor B at The University of Idaho. He was and is my favorite sociology professor. I could listen to him for hours on end. Simply put, he helped me to become better. Of all the things that he taught me, I hope that his desire to always learn more is what I was able to best incorporate into my life. "That's interesting. Tell me more about that."
Idaho made a mistake when they let him get away. He now teaches at the University of North Dakota. As I sat in on one of his classes yesterday, I felt this weird, almost fatherly sort of pride. I don't know why I felt that way. Perhaps I should try to be less creepy in the future, but I really am proud of Professor B. He is just so in his element as a professor. He has this easy, natural way of going about teaching that makes students want to engage.
Because much of his extended family lives in the pacific northwest, it sounds like he is open to the possibility of returning to Idaho if the opportunity arises. For the sake of Idaho and future Vandals, I certainly hope that it does.