Even before we step into school, the first teachers in our lives are our parents and the next are our siblings. They teach us to love, care and share unconditionally. For them, we are always special and the best. They believe in us much more than we do.
A big big thank you to all the formal teachers I have had right from pre-school right through my university. The very first teacher I fondly remember is my Grade 1 class teacher at Mount Carmel Convent Primary School, Miss Fernandez. I still remember how she once told me with an ear to ear smile that I looked like a fairy in my red dress and how she got me a present on my birthday (I still have that craft book today). When I was in grade 11, I met 2 teachers – 1 was my class teacher Miss Rashmi and the second was my tuition sir – Himanshu Patel, who changed my life 360 degree. Until grade 10, I was just one amongst many students and never extraordinary since grade 6 in my academics or extracurriculars. They saw something in me and I don’t know what or why but they pushed me way beyond I ever thought was possible for me to perform.
At the very first meeting with my parents, Himanshu sir said he will ensure I get a board rank in grade 12 exams and somehow that belief in me that my sir had made me study so hard that I topped my school. Miss Rashmi would force so many extracurricular activities onto me – from making the class timetable to being responsible for daily maintenance of the class board, writing on certificates and books which entailed the use of my calligraphy skills, participation in group rangoli competitions, punishing us for being naughty and always telling me that I had the potential to do even better, although I would top the class! Things which didn’t make sense to me then and which were done because I HAD to not because I really wanted to do them, make perfect sense now. She ensured that I was being groomed well rounded not just academically, but also socially.
A teacher isn’t just someone who teaches you in school or university. You meet informal teachers of life – people who you learn lessons of life from. You meet people who intentionally or unintentionally mentor you. People who will be brutal but who will ensure you expand beyond your possibilities and grow. People who inspire you, ignite that curious spark or people who are willing to go beyond what is required to help you when you encounter roadblocks.
A special thanks to a friend who helped me with studying AUD for my CPA exams. Thank you for your patience, time and efforts to explain to me concepts right from the scratch and solving all my queries and enforcing study time even when I would show up half an hour late and all sleepy at 10 pm from a desert safari and yawn multiple times 😛 . I guess I wasn’t as happy as you when we saw my results.
Today is a day not just for acknowledging our academic contributors but every person who’s shaped us to become the person we’ve become today. A teacher can be a friend, a little child, a much junior person or someone super senior to you!
Wish you a very happy 5th of September, 2018 🙂