Compliment

Writing Challenge: March 6, 2018

Prompt: Write about the best compliment you have ever received.

Last semester my medieval literature professor told me that my project proposal and research outline were “graduate level work”. I had never been so pleased. Unlike compliments about my looks or clothing- this comment wasn’t superficial. Unlike compliments about being “smart” or “pleasant” this was not generic. This was a specific comment given on a project I had worked hard on. It wasn’t scribbled in a side-margin of a half-graded essay. It wasn’t thoughtlessly thrown out to appease an anxious student. It was thoughtful given as at the end of a class period as most other students had already left and I packed my computer in an over-filled backpack. The brevity, spontaneity, and naturalness of the moment made it mean so much more than a generic teacher-student conversation.

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