Tomorrow is my last set of classes this semester. I never know what to do the last day of class, as I have to admit to missing the interaction with the students. I have had a couple students who have kept contact with me after taking classes from me, but for the most part, I won’t see them again.
I always wonder if there are some great words of wisdom I could share with them. In the past, I’ve also told my classes that I really enjoyed teaching them. This semester, I decided to forego any sentimentalism and show Dave Jones advice to recent grads. Some of the advice is specific to someone who wants to go into hardware design, but a lot of it is good for college students to hear in general.
As a student or professor, what do you expect out of the last day of classes? And what parting advice would you give?