Making a Difference
"One man’s fault is another man’s lesson."
~ Maltese proverb
The interactions in your life shape who you are and how you act. More specifically, in my life one interaction with a teacher completely changed the way I think. One Friday afternoon, after walking through the sunny pathway and around the white buildings of Fenn, we headed to our last period Spanish class. Students filled into the classroom, pulled out their iPads, and prepared to continue the Spanish essays about our arrival at Fenn and a memorable moment in our Fenn careers. The essay asked students to recall their first year at the school, as well as any specifics about a significant moment while writing in the language of Spanish. Students, fervently wanting complete this essay, kept imploring over and over again, “How long does the essay have to be? How many words?” Mr. Romero’s response is one that nobody expected. Instead of telling us how long it should be, he replied back with a question: “How long do you think it should be?” Silence spread like a wildfire across the classroom. In that moment, Mr. Romero taught me something that applies to all aspects of life, not just Spanish. He edified me to not take the easy way out or always be looking for the fastest approach. He taught me to always go the extra mile and in the end it will pay off. He taught me to think outside of the box and share your ideas in a creative way. Instead of asking how many words I need, I should be asking myself: What are the most important moments to include? What were my emotions and feelings during the moment? How can I make this interesting to the reader? Mr. Romero encouraged his students to work towards exceeding expectations rather than completing the bare minimum. I realize now that this experience has impacted me in my daily life. Now I am motivated to work harder on every assignment and I always ask myself, “Is this my best work?”
When I am in the real world there will be no shortcuts.