Grateful for You

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Published on May 5, 2020

Thank you, for being there for me better than I was for myself. Thank you, for never giving up on my dreams even if it meant putting a pause on your own. Thank you, for helping me instead of hurting me to grow and mature, not only academically but in every aspect of my life. Some people are given the title of a teacher, but don’t truly impact the student; that is something I cannot say about you. Across the four years of my high school career, I have not learned such valuable and essential steps in life other than the ones that you have taught me. I take this opportunity to say thank you, not because it is teachers’ appreciation week but genuinely from my heart.

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When you receive a lot of criticism or constant trends of low grades from a teacher, your first instinct is not to get happy and rejoice. Instead, your initial reaction might be expressed and not liking the teacher. That was my initial reaction to how harshly you graded me. I was never able to understand why you had such strong hate against me. However, it wasn’t until a couple of years into my high school career that I realized you had full intention in doing the things that you did. You pushed me, you set high expectations and standards for me, so that I would be able to grow, and now more than ever I am happy to say that it helped me in every aspect of my life. 

You literally believed in me more than I believed in myself. The times that I would give up over frustration and confusion, you were there to help and motivate me through it all. Most teachers make an equally balanced time frame for both their students and their personal lives (which is completely humane), but you did not. Thank you for making more room for guidance even when there wasn’t any left. 

If I am being completely honest with you and myself, I can truly say that the reason why I am the person and student that I am today is because of you. I am happy that I can say that for the most part, I am fully equipped to take on the great challenges and accomplishments that the world is waiting for me to experience. Thank you for your time, the extreme amount of patience, and the effort and care that you put into the things that you do.