Earlier in the year, students who studied Dr. Brown’s poem “Calenture,” which was published in his book “Abecedarium,” practiced their formal writing skills by sending letters to Dr. Brown about his poem. Several of these students requested a guest visit from Dr. Brown in their letters, and Dr. Brown generously agreed.
After giving a reading of “Calenture” and a few other poems, Dr. Brown shared with the class how he managed to both recognize and achieve his dream of being a writer, focusing on the necessity of perseverance; then, Dr. Brown encouraged students to share their own dreams and facilitated a discussion about common impediments to attaining one’s aspirations.
As the students’ queries naturally moved to postsecondary options, Lee University English Professor Dr. Brown competently described the general requirements and local options for various careers in law, medicine, culinary arts, mechanics, etc. During this discussion, Nathan Holmes, who plays guitar by ear, was pleased to discover that nearby Lee has an award-winning music program, and Matthew Passmore, who enjoys studying about the presidents, was surprised that politicians are not required to have any specific college degree, although he was advised that an education is certainly beneficial to those seeking political appointment.
As a follow-up, Dr. Brown wrote a letter to be read to the students about his visit. Students will be given an opportunity to respond in writing, reflecting upon their own outlooks about hopes and dreams.
Overall, students enjoyed the break from classwork, and acquired a valuable life lesson: curiosity and tenacity will take them where they need to go in life.