Last Thursday, Bradley lost an incredibly talented and profound professor.
Dr. Christina McDaniel was a valuable member of the College of Education and Health Sciences, leading courses in the STEM methods program for preservice teachers. Students remember her for her kindness and captivating personality. Colleagues remember her as passionate and dedicated to education. She was aiming to influence future teachers and future minds.
It is important to remember, as the Bradley community deals with this loss, that the education faculty lost not only a close colleague, but a dear friend.
We as students should remember that professors are people, too. As we hope professors would be understanding when we go through hard times, we should understand them as well.
Some students can be quick to judge an instructor for not grading an assignment within a few days or forgetting to post a reading, but they are just as susceptible to distractions or the daily happenings of life in general.
As the saying goes, “treat others the way you want to be treated,” so if you would like a professor to give you a chance if you’re struggling, then be ready to return the favor when an instructor may be going through something outside the classroom.
Additionally, this loss is a reminder that life can change in an instant. Never hesitate to tell people how much you appreciate them — whether that’s professors, friends or family members. Don’t hold grudges, even if you don’t get the grade you would like in a course.
The Scout staff sends their sincerest condolences to the friends, family, coworkers and students of Dr. McDaniel, whose lives were undoubtedly impacted by her loss.