Kindness Korner

By The Kindness Mama

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Illustration By Sosanya Pok

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a faculty member. The following is what she wrote: “As a faculty member on campus, I am always struck with how polite our SMCC students are! Many days, juggling a heavy book bag, students will offer to carry it — OR wait at the door to keep the door open for me — greatly appreciated! In addition to having great manners, without exception, students I pass in the Campus Center, going to and from classes, etc. always greet me with a hello — kindness begets kindness! We have great students here at SMCC!

This faculty member wishes to remain anonymous. She has been a professor here for a number of years. She is always willing to stay late, arrive early, or even meet up with any student that is struggling. She is well respected by her peers and much loved by students. She is a leader and mentor to all who know her, and she has a wonderful sense of humor. She is a wealth of knowledge, not just in the classes she teaches but in many other areas as well. I have seen her spend time with her students who were having personal problems and try and help them find the resources they are need of.

This professor also is a great resource herself! I have asked her many times for advice on taking classes and who the best fit for a professor will be for me. I work full time and go to school part time. This professor is great — she knows her students’ strengths and their weaknesses, and always has the best ideas for students. She is always just a phone call or email away. Her door is always open, and she always responds as soon as she can. This woman is a problem solver. If she doesn’t know the answer, she will seek help to find the answer or solution till she does.

I have been a part-time student here for a few years now, and I have to agree with this faculty member. The students here are great — always willing to hold a door or an elevator, offer a writing utensil, ruler, stapler, or even a calculator when someone needs it. I have only attended this college, so I cannot compare it to others. In all my classes over the past few years, I am always amazed by the community and unity we have here. Students are always willing to share study guides, their notes and their ideas, and I always hear of study groups being formed before big tests like midterms and finals.
We are very lucky here at Southern Maine Community College, and it is because of students like you! Yes, you, the one reading this article right now.

Now, it is your turn — please tell me your random-act-of-kindness sightings. Maybe you witnessed a random act of kindness on campus, or maybe you were the recipient of one; maybe you were the giver and want to share your story. Whatever the kindness is, I want to hear it. Please drop me an email at smcckindness@gmail.com.

Kindness is a form of being thankful. Kindness is a way to be thankful; kindness is all about thanks and giving! Happy Thanksgiving, SeaWolves!

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