Image of standing professor lecturing to students in a circle.

Of course, there is no single, correct answer to the question, “Who are my students?” except to say they are a diverse group of individuals with whom you will spend several months forging a community of learners. Learning more about your students is one of the joys of teaching.

Like you, each student brings his or her own cultural background and experience to the classroom— good news for everyone involved. Diversity enriches the learning experiences of instructors and students by broadening intellectual exploration and bringing to light alternative ways to define and solve problems.