Definition: To like (one thing or person) better than another or others; tend to choose; favor.
Note: same sign for TASTE but a different meaning in context.
Gloss: /\STUDENT SIT-ARC/\ TEND-to IX-me COMMENT /\TWO CHOICE+/\ IX-1/2 STUDENT IX-plural SICK-OF ME BUT /\GRADUATE OUT WORLD WELL+ PREPARED [nod] IX-2/2 STUDENT IX-they KISSFIST ME, THINK IX-me NEAT/COOL BUT OUT WORLD HIT-FACE OUT-OF-CONTROL. IX-me [nod]PREFER IX-1/2.
English equivalent: As I often tell my students, given the choice, I'd rather they graduate well prepared and hating me vs. ill-prepared but thinking what a great guy I am.
The ranking grammar is more suitable for this sentence than the contrastive structure.
Written ASL digit for "PREFER". Also same digit for TASTE. Digit contributed by Todd Hicks in the ASLwrite community, 2018.