Teaching Algorithms: Personal
Semester has started. In my first lecture in the graduate algorithms class (overflowing by factor 1.6, and factor 2 if you consider the waiting list), I saw a student I recognized from the same course 2 years ago, arrive and sit in the rear of the class. As I proceeded with the 3 hour monster of a lecture, I tried to put the mystery of this student away in my mind. During the break, the student came up to me and said they liked my lectures and just wanted to experience my first lecture. The student's life had of course moved on in the interim with triumphs in other classes and internships, and was on the threshold of a career. I was deeply moved and thankful. I credit the material of course, it is difficult to be NOT interesting while teaching Algorithms.