One of the really nice things about the philosophy program at Cornell is that after every semester the professors write up evaluations of the grad students that they had during the semester. Eventually these evaluations are given to the student. I got mine for last semester yesterday. Here’s a quotation from each of the professors evaluating me:
Prof. Sturgeon: “Sydney spoke up only occasionally in class, …”
Prof. Irwin: “He was a little reticent in oral discussion, …”
Prof. Eklund: “He didn’t speak often …”
Apparently old age has brought on taciturnity.