To whom it may concern
It gives me great pleasure to write this letter regarding Professor Myles Bassell. My first contact with Professor Bassell was during the Fall 0f 2013. I remembered it as if it was yesterday; I was terrified because I was returning to a school setting for the first time in 6 six years. Everything appeared different mainly because it was. One of my first class that year was with Professor Bassell; being newly introduced to blackboard and the new smart set up of the classes, it was nothing more than overwhelming. This of course quickly changed. Why? Because for the first time since I have been attending school I was asked at the beginning of our class to say something about myself, “regarding school and what I intend to accomplish”. At first I thought that this was just one those things that professors do to pretend they care about you and your wellbeing; but, to my surprise this Professor took time to learn each and every one of our names and our interest to the extent that he related it to the topics that he was teaching/lecturing on. How crazy is that? I thought that it was just amazing how one person would take the time out to learn over twenty names and somehow turn it into a teaching mechanism. In the first couple minutes, we were all laughing; by the end of the class everyone was talking to each other and relating to the topics as if we were expert in this class.
“You can do it! Yes you can!” was his favorite thing to say; every time you doubted yourself or probably having second thoughts about the class or just to encourage you to hang in there. I initially thought that this was ridiculous and was not going to work; but would you believe that every single class had perfect attendance, ‘every single one’. I guess he knew something that we didn’t. This simple phrase and technique had you coming to class just to see what was next. During his class I was introduce to things that never thought about and was able to transform from a textbook knowledge base sense of living to that of an application sense of living. That is to say, I was now better able to relate and apply the things that I had learnt to my advantage. For instance, I used my understanding of the basic concept of marketing in reference to the promotional mix and its basic tools, to develop an inexpensive way to start and promote my own business ( MD Bakery and catering). Which I must say is doing well for a new company. I was also able to use SPSS program, something I never knew exists prior to his classes. I used this to skillfully conduct regression, conjoint, cluster, logistic, factor, and discriminant analyses; which is a major plus to my resume and proven to be very impressive to my current employer (Healthcare Facility). Through this I was given an opportunity to conduct research for my division and man did it paid off ($$$).
Professor Bassel is an exemplary individual, so much so that I believe I may be the only student that has taken 6 courses with him and I must say that he is doing an excellent job. It is a lot of work, hard work but the benefits you get from it is unmeasurable. He is a terrific coach and although I may not have said a lot through the semesters in his classes, most of that can be blame on me being a little antisocial. At the end he knew who I was and he made sure that I was aware of that. I don’t think anyone got lost in the crowd of students he teaches. He is doing something terrific and awesome. It is just amazing. I am sure that if everyone (other professors) tried his teaching techniques, the teaching community at Brooklyn College would be nothing but perfect. I have found his classes to be effective and hands on and I know many of peers can attest to that. I have yet to see any other professors like him, who is genuinely interested in their student’s success. Teaching is definitely his forte. I hope that he continues to be funny and understanding; and that he is somehow rewarded for this. Who knew that classes can actually come alive? I will definitely recommend him to whomever I come in contact with.