And the second semester of School Year 2014-2015 ends. That quick and I am now on my second year of teaching! It’s an amazing feeling to be a teacher, to share what I know, to be entrusted to handle a class of young idealistic minds, to continuously learn from my mentors and students alike.
Although teaching is just a part-time job for me, it makes me feel alive and extra worthwhile. I like my day job in the office, too, but teaching is different. Much different, I must say. I can go on auto pilot in the office except during board meetings when we all need to be attentive, but never in class. I always take an extra effort to prepare my lectures.
My subjects are the boring stuff, for most. For an hour and a half everyday, I would talk about Public Administration, Party Politics, and Asian Political Thoughts. With my usually meek and agreeable personality, one would never even imagine me changing into a different persona once I’m in front of the class bursting out philosophy, political thoughts, and comparative politics. Never in my wildest dreams that I would earn the trust of my former professors and mentors in my Alma Mater to teach in the same college, and handle major subjects of AB-Political Science. I hope to be doing this for years to come and be part of more young soul’s journey.
I like how creative and resourceful I get just to be able to squeeze in a lecture every detail I’d like to share about a topic. I like how students respond and not respond to questions. I like them being challenged. I like being challenged by them. And I would like them to realize how this country, more than any other country, needs them. There has been a major brain drain happening among our youth and I hope to help encourage them to stay and make their dreams for themselves and for this nation come true.
I would like to be part of that realization. I HOPE to be part of that realization.
It has been a dream come true to be able to reach out. I used to be using just my camera and the social media to reach out, now I can also do so with teaching. It is yet a dream for me to be able to inspire. And I hope to do just that in this profession.
I have come to love teaching. But I love the learning I get from teaching more. I thank God for this opportunity to reach out and possibly inspire young people.