When I was at VCU (“Go Rams!!!”) doing my undergraduate studies there, I had a professor who taught me Music History as well as Jazz Composition. In all honesty, those weren’t my favorite classes to go to because the professor was hard. Hard in the sense that there were a lot of requirements for his classes. Be on time because if not, you were marked absent. A certain number of absences equated to a failing grade. Recite all major chords by note around the circle of 5ths. Etc. Seemed impossible. It was only after I taught piano and music at a private school that I understood where he was coming from. As a student, a teacher that is always on you with strict rules and a lot of course material seems unfair to the Nth degree. However, as a teacher who has the understanding that the students need to get the information being taught in order to either achieve or get on the path to greatness, it’s a much different story. Having been on both sides, it makes the scripture in Hebrews 12:11 make so much more sense: “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (NLT) So if you have one of those hard professors/teachers, just know that it is to make you greater than what you are.
What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.