TCNJ Magazine Fall 2020

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29 FALL 2020 From the Greek scholar-philosophers Socrates and Plato to the mythic professors portrayed by John Gielgud in The Paper Chase and Laurence Fishburne in Higher Learning, the best teachers have always been known for the indelible mark they leave on their students. According to Merriam-Webster, to influence is "to affect or change someone … in an indirect but usually important way." And that's just what our professors do. The stories below span 70 years and bring this vital relationship to life. We also turned the tables and asked professors to speak about how they make the most out of the time they spend with students. The arrival of COVID-19, which converted student-faculty relationships to digital overnight, only reminds us of the crucial role professors play in our lives — to inspire us to work harder, be curious, and step up our dreams. influencers

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