Letters to My Students

In 2020, starting from when the pandemic hit Seattle hard, I’ve been writing periodic letters to my students to let them know that I’m thinking about them and that we’re all in this together. I’ve decided to collect them all in this post and will start posting future ones here as well.

Mark, the author, taking a selfie, wearing a jacket, a baseball cap, and a protective face mask.
Mark, the author, taking a selfie wearing a jacket, baseball cap, and protective face mask.

March 16, 2020 Extra support if you need/want

April 2, 2020 I want to get real with you for a sec

May 31, 2020 My end of year thoughts: recognize your connectedness and responsibility, love, and grats

June 1, 2020 Letter to current students

June 9, 2020 Take a chance. Things are different.

July 11, 2020 Thoughts for Growth and Resources

August 21, 2020 Light it up like dynamite

September 22, 2020 Thoughts as we start the new year (wherein Mark flies his progressive colors and appeals to you for help)

Nov 29, 2020 Happy thxgvng!

December 25, 2020 Happy holidays, farewell (and fu) 2020, and next year’s watch parties

January 30, 2021 Realize we’re connected. Now it’s time to move forward.

February 26, 2021 There’s a place for everyone.

March 18, 2021 #stopasianhate

April 20, 2021 blips

May 29, 2021 Thoughts after more than a year…

September 9, 2021 It’s the end of September in 2021

November 4, 2021 Thoughts on imposter syndrome

December 26, 2021 Temporary local configurations of star stuff

January 10, 2022 Stay social!

February 24, 2022 Communication and consistency

March 15, 2022 wtf. and yet, beauty.

April 14, 2022 Life is Uniquely Good (Sometimes We Need Reminding)

May 26, 2022 Recognize yourself and the world: How to find agency in the face of madness

December 9, 2022 Last message for 2022!

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