When the progress a student has made throughout the semester is so obvious I can't help but be happy for him/her.
When my I put my UMass Dartmouth bachelor's degree to work, and I'm paying forward those bits of wisdom given to me by my professors.
When I run into a former student and she tells me that she was talking to another one of my former students, and the latter tells the former that I was her favorite teacher.
When find out that my former Upward Bound student from eight years ago is now in graduate school for International Relations, and I wish I could hug her.
When my students tell me that my passion has rubbed off on them.
When I can take a few moments to roam the halls with my colleagues, and enjoy their company.
When I can go home at 3:00 because I don't feel well, and be in pajamas by 4:00.
When I get to talk about writing on a daily basis.
When they get it. Always when they get it.