It was a quite morning. The students arrived a bit late and sat down in their seats. I would start the lesson with explaining the program for this morning. As usual, I would ask how everybody was doing. Some answered with 'OK' or 'Good', but most wouldn't really answer since I was the strange and older teacher. But one girl came to me in the break. She was really shy so I was a bit surprised. She told me she was insecure about her first year and afraid that she wouldn't make it. I comforted here - being her mentor - and told her things would be alright if she worked hard and asked for help.
IF I CAN DO IT..
Alas, she still had a hard time believe things would turn out in a good way for her. So I said to her: "Listen. I've been insecure in my first year as well. I didn't think I would have what it took and only barely made it. But that doesn't matter, because I made it and now I'm a teacher. You know why? Because my teacher in my first year told me the same story and said to me that if she could do it, so could I. And now I'm telling you the same thing. If I can do it, you can do it better. Much better probably since you are way smarter than I am. So don't doubt yourself too much. You are capable of much more than you think, as long a you believe you are." I saw a bit of hope in her eyes. "Really?" she asked. "Yes, really", I said. That seemed to lighten up her mood and she thanked me for it. Since then, she still was insecure at times but she seemed to do better. Her grades were improving and - of course - she passed the first year. I would like to think that I had big impact in her life, but I guess it was only a small moment. She made it happend and I just hope that I pushed her in the right direction that year.
YOU CAN DO IT BETTER
The lesson of this story is twofold. First, it's possibly for everyone to make an impact in your own or someone else his or her life. No matter how big or small. Second, If I can do it, you can do it better. That's been one of the things I used to tell my students or other course participants ever since. I'm here to prove that there are more possibilities and opportunities than you might expect. Good luck.
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