The Not-So-Little Drummer Boy attends a college which does not hand out grades but instead gives the students evaluations at the end of every term.* He sent us his evals for the winter and fall terms. Among the gems were:
"In the final piece [NLDB] showed both a strong understanding of the software and a powerful grasp of the production of graphic design projects."
"[NLDB] is a talented visual art student whose interest, skills and effort often lead him beyond the visual."
And my favorite:
"[NLDB] remains a credit to [XYZ] College..."
The rest of the evaluations were equally glowing, with only occasional areas needed for improvement. (I loved that for his computer music class he reworked the "worn-out classic 'Stairway to Heaven'" [his professor's words, not mine] -- I really want to hear what he's done.)
He got an A- in the class he took via college exchange at a neighboring institution.
What kills me, though, is that he ended his email to his father and me with "i hope this is satisfactory."
Oh, I guess it is.
*I tried to explain this to an insurance agent once, who, after a long and circular discussion, stated that he was not eligible for the good student driver discount because he didn't get As in his classes. *headdesk*