See, this former student of mine took my 100-level class two years ago. It was a class that basically introduced the different languages that are found around the world, and how they are similar and different when it comes to structure. Basically, this was a class that a trivia person would dig.
So, I bumped into this former student of mine, and he told me that he is now a minor in Linguistics, and that it was after taking my class that he got interested in the whole field and decided to do a minor in it. Wow. I didn't realize that I can have an effect in other people too.
See, the thing is, I have taught this class for about three times now. He happened to have been a student when I taught it for the third time. I have this idea that I basically turned away a lot of people when I taught it the very first time. I looked back and saw my syllabus for that class, and I was so over the top. I required tons of stuff, considering this was a 100-level class. So when I got to teach it again, I revised a lot of stuff, and so when I taught it the third time, I myself enjoyed it.
So there, I saw people who were majors in Linguistics when I taught the class the very first time, but ceased to be a major, perhaps due to me, but now I learned that I am also capable of the other way, of inspiring people to take up a field simply because they found my class interesting.
I felt good.