Dear Karma Cleanser:
For the past three years, I've taught undergraduate classes at a university that's about an hour away. The commute can be bothersome, but I enjoy interacting with the students. I never much wondered if they viewed my courses as difficult.
This semester, however, I overheard a cocky freshman tell another boy about my "ratings page" online. I asked a colleague and she pointed me toward a website that lets students rank their professors. I received very low marks overall. I was "easy," "sometimes unhelpful" and "often moody." Horrors!
I realize I should not let this bother me, but it's made me question why I suffer a two-hour drive just to be called "unhelpful." Is this the universe trying to tell me something?
-- Dr. Easy
The Karma Cleanser recently broke bread with a Tony-winning Broadway star who's taking a break from theater. She never once read her reviews the time she was on stage but saved the clippings until the end of her run. The reason: Such feedback would have made her question her instincts. You should take her example -- and then read every review you can find. Why? Even if the critics are wrong, it would behoove you to meet their critiques head on and return the balance of power toward the front of the room.
Been bad? email@example.com.
Because they are super-duper horny, of course.
Hoping he cleaned his pooh hammer before hand