Today, myself and few of my colleagues were invited for an Appreciation Session with our President and received a certificate for achieving outstanding evaluation from our students last trimester. Of all my passions, teaching is one of them; but my greatest passion has always been anything that has got to do with animals.
At one point in time, I pondered on why didn’t I study to be a veterinarian; I’d be the happiest person alive! I only realised this when I helped my dog to deliver her puppies; I went all the way and wasn’t even grossed out; and that’s when my family lamented that I should have been a vet seeing by the way in which I reacted quickly to save Benjy’s and the puppies’ lives. This was brought up when I was already a full-fledged academic delving in my research and teaching. Those days (I make it sound like it has been ages ago; but truth to be told it has been), the best way was the common way – there was no one who told me all the options available (including the not-so-popular ones) and that I should follow my heart. That’s why I went to MMU to pursue my degree in Finance – a more secured line – in which I’d be able to get a job and settle into a routine and secured job. But I am so-not-the-routine-kind-of-person; I never liked protocol, following rules, regulations, etc. So I wonder now how my life would have been if I had chosen a road-less-travelled. I know it’s never too late; all that I tell myself now is that I gotta finish whatever I am doing now (which again it’s so not me considering how impulsive and follow-the-heart-person that I can be) and then I can do whatever I want. I deem what I am doing and studying now as a challenge and I love challenges and therefore I will complete my doctoral studies; and then I can do anything that I want 🙂
But, coming back to the topic, I must confess that I love teaching – no matter how difficult or serious the adult students can get – at the end of the day, the reward is when I see the smile on my student’s face when they manage to understand a concept that I am teaching, no matter how difficult it can be. And the more interactive the class is, the happier I be. So, at the end of the day, I am happy doing what I am doing now; as long as it is in a less formal and less bureucratic environment.