I have been privy to students’ conversations from different angles, as a teacher in a group setting, an assistant teacher and an innocent bystander like a fly on the wall. It is clear that students relate to their teachers more than any other staff member. Often, the teacher is the main character in students’ conversations. The discourse reveals what matters to them scholarly wise. Surprisingly, it is not the teacher’s subject matter expertise; it is their public relation skills. In a nutshell, they have to be “nice”, plain and simple, or is it? What does nice mean? Why does it matter to students? How can a teacher learn to be “nice” since it is such an important ingredient in the teacher-student relationship?