“Remember it’s never a question of true love, it’s about whether you are true to love,” said Professor Wood Bouldin, about his understanding love capstone course.
Bouldin teaches heritage of western thought along with the capstone. At the end of the semester, Bouldin will be retiring to live on what he calls a farmette in West Virginia.
“It’s really going to be hard to lose him,” one of his students, senior Katie Tricarico said. “He’s taught me that love is about embracing who you really are. His class gives me time to really think.”
Bouldin looks back on his time at Eastern with great pleasure. He is satisfied that so many Eastern students “grapple with the ideas that I present them with and try to fit them into their own beliefs.”
“Many students are seeking understanding a way of life, not just skills for a job,” Bouldin said. He likes to try to prepare them for life, not only for a test. First-year Katie Shinski said, “He’s passionate about what he teaches and personally cares about his students and how we develop our skills.”
Bouldin has had many students struggle with his perspective, but he has also struggled as a result of his students. He said his students made him more aware of the aching in his soul that needed attending to.
Bouldin looks at the next chapter of his life with optimism. “Being a farmer would be awfully grand,” he said.
“It’s been a wonderful experience.” Bouldin said. His one wish was that he could gather all of the students together and just give them one big hug.