Dr. Steve Schroeder-Davis, for pressing the importance of my passion, accepting no excuses, and reminding me success is measured by surpassing the goals I set for myself.
Carol Erickson, for slipping me extra reading/writing assignments, modernizing old tales, and confirming the suspicion I would not need most math as an adult.
Most importantly, John Barth. He never spoke to me as a kid, but as an apprentice. Told me I had an old soul he hoped would ‘grow younger’ as I aged. (✓!) Who recognized when I was ready to give up again but said, “not on my watch”. Pushed me to read everything I wanted, write everything I needed, and purge the words often to make room for new ones.