Dear Mr. Sarkar,
I’ve been taking an Intro to Engineering course at UConn, and my final assignment in this class is to write a letter of appreciation… To a teacher who has helped influence my decision to become an engineering student, and who has helped to spark my interest in the field that I’m studying. As soon as I heard about this assignment, I knew that I wanted to write this letter to you.
First off, I’d just like to say thank you for helping me end up where I did. You truly have had more impact on my choice of major in college than any other teacher I’ve ever had.
The influence that you’ve had on my decision started off four years ago, during my freshman year of high school. It was this time in my life that I felt like I should start thinking about what general area I wanted to study. Throughout my entire life, I’ve always leaned towards studying engineering, but it was your Algebra II class that really made me solidify this decision. Algebra II was by far my favorite class during my freshman year. I was always excited to come to your class, because you always made learning fun. The overall way that you taught not only helped me learn a huge amount, but it always made me want to learn more, too. You also taught in many unique ways that I had never seen before. One of my favorites of these ways was the ticket system, which I thought was fun, and looking back on it, it definitely made me more attentive and engaged during class.
Two years later, you had more impact on my choice of major than I ever could have imagined. This was during my junior year, in AP Computer Science, and I can completely accredit my decision to study Computer Science and Engineering in college to this. Going into our computer science class, I really had no idea what to expect from the course. I had no programming experience and I didn’t even know what computer science really was. I honestly only enrolled in the class because you suggested it to me, and because of the great experience that I had with you as a teacher previously. As the class got started, I would quickly find that, to date, your AP Computer Science class was the best course that I’ve ever taken, in any subject. Once again, you taught in a way that made learning extremely fun for me. I learned so much in this class, and I was always so excited to learn more. The way that you taught was probably my favorite style of teaching that I’ve ever come across, and it really helped me retain all of the material that you were teaching. I liked how you always had us type the code that you showed us, which felt like a very effective way for me to learn to code. I also really enjoyed the labs in this class, which were always the highlight of my week; the assignments and projects that you gave us for homework, which felt more like something that I was doing for fun than a homework assignment; as well as the feedback that you gave on graded work, which always helped me understand how to improve.
You’ve also helped to influence my decision to major in computer science outside of this class. You helped me get a summer internship, where I would be able to gain professional coding experience. You got our school involved in the GE Competition, and chose me to compete on the team, where I would be able to experience a whole new style of computer science. You even put together a computer science independent study, so that I would be able to continue my education in computer science at Westhill.
I won’t ever be able to thank you enough for all that you’ve done for me, and for helping me develop the enjoyment for computer science that I’m sure will stay with me for the rest of my life. I really do owe the major that I’ve chosen to study in college to your teaching, and I doubt that I would have chosen to take this path through my future if it weren’t for you. So, once again, thank you for all of the support, advice, assistance, and knowledge that you’ve given me over the past few years, and thank you for helping me develop the enthusiasm and enjoyment for computer science that I have today. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for you, and I am very happy with where I ended up.