I loved my Ivy League students. They were great kids and we had lots of fun in our classes. I was also very grateful to them for the fact that until the last week of each semester there was absolutely no chance of any of them showing up in my office. So I could do anything I wanted during my office hours, including just going home.
My state school students are nothing like that. During my office hours, I can't even leave the office for five minutes to go to the bathroom because students keep showing up. Before, during and after class they keep asking questions, trying to have a discussion, offering opinions.
I had grave reservations about coming to work at this university but having students like these makes it all worthwhile. Where else would I find students who would e-mail me at 3:18 a.m. to ask me questions about nationalism and ideology that are completely unrelated to the subject of our class. For a teacher, this is a dream come true.