Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The Mysteries of Students

Got an email last night from a student:

From: sstudent@---.edu
To: hirta@math.---.edu
Subject: I really need to talk to you

Dr. Hirta this is Sarah Student and I was just wondering if I could come by your office sometime on Thursday. I need to ask a very important question. If you could please meet with me I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much!


I wonder what it is that she wants to ask me in person but not over email.

In other mysteries, how prophetic are names, really? I remember reading somewhere that people whose initials spell negative things tend to do worse in life. If this effect is real, it might suggest a reason why my student named Mary Jane Stone isn't doing well at school.