*This post is in celebration of Xavier Appreciation Day 2013 and all the teachers out there
Teacher’s have one of the hardest jobs in the planet. Our teachers have the extremely challenging task of teaching us lessons both inside and outside the classroom. They’re the ones who spend almost every single day doing something to help us become better students and better persons. They’re the ones who inspire us to push ourselves to the limit. They’re the ones who tell us that we shouldn’t settle for mediocrity.
A Xavier teacher’s job is even harder. When you have students coming from Chinese backgrounds with a mix of several different cultures, it becomes quite a challenge to deal with students. To add to this strong cultural presence, in a generation where students are very narcissistic and believe so much in their own beliefs, it’s very difficult to get students to listen in class. When you have students who are distracted 24/7, it’s always a challenge to get them to put in effort and make the most out of their education.
More than having one of the hardest jobs in the planet, the job of our teachers are also one of the most important. The future of the world is in the hands of our teachers.
Without teachers there would be no other jobs for teachers are the ones who teach us how to become writers, engineers, computer scientists, psychologists, historians or what not. It’s our teachers who teach us the skills needed to be successful and pushes us to reach our full potential.
This year, I really saw how accommodating and caring teachers truly are. After missing more than a week of school during the first quarter, my teachers were more than willing to sit down with me and explain every lesson I missed until I got it. It’s amazing how selfless and altruistic teachers are. I mean, who would spend more than an hour late in the afternoon when most people go home already, just to help a few students understand a complex lesson?
Despite the fact that teachers are more often than not underrated and underpaid, they still choose to teach and dedicated almost every second of their day to helping students and molding the world’s future leaders and change makers.
In between all these responsibilities teacher’s juggle, they also have to deal with the occasional class clown, the cantankerous mischief maker, the lazy thinker and the over-active parents. Yet, they aren’t given enough credit for everything they do. Sometimes, I wonder how they’re able to do everything they do day in and day out.
Because of the unparalleled effort and passion they give to their job, teachers deserve a day where they are shown appreciation and today was that day for Xavier teachers.
After 13 years in Xavier, I’m really thankful for everything my teachers have done for me. I’ve had teachers of all types of personalities from extremely chill to unbelievably strict but deep down, one thing’s for sure, every person who heeded the call to become a teacher saw the opportunity to do something greater themselves, to make a lasting difference in the lives of students.
At the end of the day, I’ve realized that the best way I can show my gratitude to my teachers is by doing my best in everything I do and making a difference in the lives of others in the future.
The greatest thing my teachers have taught me after all these years is that one of the greatest things you can do in this world is share your knowledge with others!
I’m truly thankful for every single teacher I’ve had so far and I will definitely live out everything you guys have taught me! You guys have changed the lives of thousands of students and have left your mark in this world!
Thank you to all teachers out there, most especially all of the teachers who’ve taught me! 🙂