Teachers Can Make a Difference
Small interactions can make a big difference. In my life, small interactions with teachers have shaped who I am today. One conversation that I had with a teacher that has truly made a difference in my life was in seventh grade when Star told me that if I work hard in Baseball, or anything in life, I can do well. It was a Friday morning, and Star called me in to his office. I had been at Varsity baseball tryouts for the last couple days, and it was finally time for me to find out if I had made the team. I walked in to his office and he told me to sit down on the couch. He kept it short and sweet and congratulated me on making the team. I was so excited that I almost missed him saying the thing that I still think about to this day—that if I work hard at Baseball, or anything that I choose to do in life, I can do well. This statement didn’t seem that important to me at the time because I was just thinking about making the team, but thinking about that now, it was one of the most important things that he could have said to me. Before that point, I had just taken sports and other things in my life that I had for granted. I wouldn’t work hard to get better at sports, and I just accepted how good I was at the moment. Now I know that in order to get better, I must work hard and I can never stop working. Star instilled this thought in my mind, and while I could not understand the importance of this statement when he first said it, now I realize the difference that it has made in my life. You might not realize it, but teachers can make a difference in your lives.