"Now that things have calmed down for me I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your supervision. I really enjoyed the conversations we had and felt that we could really analyse critically every aspect of NGOs and India and I found that very satisfying. Your experience and intelligence are an incredible asset for students, but your capacity to be realistic, non romantic and detached in good, compassionate way made you a really great supervisor for me. Thank you. I really needed to see that balance modeled as I have felt over stretched in my work for sometime. You are able to embrace the complexity of social work without being at all jaded but rather, still excited by it. In short, you make me feel like I can do good things in this world but on terms that suite me and are therefore sustainable. I reflect that purity and idealism can lead to blindness and burnout. That endless analysis can make you cynical and impotent. That in a less inflated way, good work can be done in an imperfect world.
Thanks again for the fantastic experience in India."
Paul Lum, Student, Griffnth University, Australia