Dear Professor Emmitt Clark,
It only takes a split second to have your life change forever. One of those moments for me was the day I met you.
You were an inspiration to me while I was a student at Cal State Long Beach. Actually, you were much more than that. You were my support, my friend, my counselor and my mentor.
As you probably remember, I came from a tough background and my journey to college was not easy. Needless to say, my first semester was incredibly difficult. Luckily, you were not just a typical professor. To make the curriculum come to life, you always used examples from your own life…and each and every story was nothing less than remarkable. Your stories about overcoming obstacles and adversity really hit home with me and through them, I felt inspired to be more like you—a self-made man.