The last two weeks, I've met with the professor of one of my classes, who is also the chair of the department, to chat about questions I've had stemming out of class discussion or readings or more generally. He's giving me a lot to think about on a number of levels, including the ongoing phd/no-phd question, but also in more hands-on matters that are unambiguously fun to consider and explore.
Also, I think he likes me! While I was meeting with him today, he asked me if I'd like to be one of two grad students to have an informal meeting with the chairman and publisher of the NYT before he gives a lecture to the Tisch College Leadership Forum. This feels both exciting and flattering! Yay!