Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

I had come to the Monterey Institute feeling as though I wasn't going to be able to cope with the stress of schooling after graduating with a master's degree 7 years before. When I met professor Ed, he pointed me to the fact that I had achieved so much more and would achieve much more after I had graduated from MIIS. I often would wonder why he believed so much in my capabilities when I didn't think I had it in me. I joined him to believe in "me" and by the time I graduated from my program, I knew I had the necessary arsenals to work anywhere I chose to work.
I would often call him 'Sir' and he would go "Esther just call me Ed' and am like 'No way' but it taught me that self-worth was not the tittles but the impact of what you are and have on people around you whether they be your superiors, colleagues and or subordinates.
I am grateful for that chanced meeting I had with him before proceeding to the admission's office. The encouragement I got from him as dean of faculty kept me focused till I graduated, and I am very happy that I am part of the success stories working in HIV/AIDS policy and program due to his leadership and mentor-ship.
I miss you "Sir" as though I was still at the institute, but I know you have done so much and need to retire.
Well done Prof. Emeritus Ed Laurence! God's grace