A student showing their gratitude toward the instructors, that makes being a teacher, worthwhile, doesn’t it??? From the Front Page Sections, translated…
The first day of school, a former student came back to school to visit his teacher, with a shy and introverted smile, he’d told her, “Thank you, teacher.”
His teacher, Ms. Mei-Yen took him to see me: I’m attending XX Technical University right now, I’d won the first place trophy for XX national competitions, I’m about to head off to England in May to exchange my experiences with others, I will be representing Taiwan in Brazil in August, and compete there, with more international competitors.
As the instructor told me of the records of this student, her face became radiant, and you could see, that she lived, for this precise moment!
“Principal, you have NO idea what he was like back in middle school! Come, you tell him yourself, WHAT, you were like then, to let the principal know how far you’d come, how much you’d changed.”, the teacher encouraged the student, and the student scratched his head, with a tone of apology, and shyness, started talking about how he was like in the past.
Turns out, that he was, more than rebellious back in middle school, and treated his teacher’s words of encouragements as nagging, he’d bugged his mother about transferring him out of her class, and said, “if there’s Teacher Mei-Yen, then, there’s NO me!”, gladly though, his mother didn’t listen to him, and worked hard, with his teacher, to keep him in check, the teacher had led him, using both strict and lenient methods, in his last year of middle school, he totally didn’t want to study at all, and scored very low in her class, but the teacher saw his potential, urged him to go to summer school, to get himself, up to level academically.
During this particular year, underneath the instructor and his own mother’s methods and consolations, he’d barely gotten into the public agricultural and mechanical institution, Wu-Feng A&M, in the technical high school level, perhaps, it’s because of how he’d become more mature, or maybe because he wasn’t living at home, he’d become more mature, and understanding, and luckily, he was able, to find a goal worth pursuing too.
“So, I’m here, to thank you, teacher, for not giving up on me back then”, that shy line from the student, had made the teacher’s eyes turned red. “Thank you teacher, for not giving up on me!”, this, is the most encouraging sentence any student can say to the teachers!
He’d mentioned how in training, there was an assortment of scars, big and small, that showed his progress. He said, that in order to win, to prove, that he could do it, he’d practiced for over fourteen hours each and every day, and that straining his own physical capabilities, and being sleep deprived were processes he must face up to, but gladly, he had his mom and his teacher’s encouragements from LINE, to help him keep going.
He’d mentioned, that how everybody believed in him, that he could get first place in his school, and represent his school in the national competitions, but, this had caused an older schoolmate to give him the hardships, this older schoolmate was ranked first in the last semester’s competitions, he’d given him a hard time, even hid the practice materials from him.
“How did you handle such hardships? Did it affect your practice?” I’d imagined, how ordinary people when faced with this sort of difficulties, would probably get angry or agitated, find the other person, have a confrontation and argued with the person, but he’d smiled and calm smile, shook his head, he said, “No obstacle can keep me from achieving my goals.”
Such an amazing line! The backstabbing, from someone who tried to keep you down can usually do some damage, making the person stagnant, or even, stop doing what s/he wants to do; but, this kid had, used such a soft-spoken tone, and said something that’s so full of strength—“nothing can prevent me from reaching my goals”/
“Principal, I brought a present to you!”
I held his hands, told him, “Your story IS the best gift.”
Maybe you (me included), had had encounters such as this one, this child’s words of persistence can make us think, can’t it?
And so, this, is the coming-of-age, the growth, of this boy, he was once, a trouble maker, and yet, his instructor and school principal never gave up on him, just kept him in the right direction, never allowed him to slip through the cracks, and, his mother too, had a firm hand as well, and, it’s because of the mother and the school’s official and his teacher, working together, to keep this boy in check, pointed him to the right directions, that he didn’t stray and was able to achieve greatness, and, this would be, a success story, in how a teacher manages to change a kid’s life.