Today is World Teachers’ Day, and it’s essential that we take the time to thank the teachers who have made a difference in our lives. Teachers have the ability to influence us in a way that most other people can’t by providing an objective perspective. They can help us with our problems inside or outside of the classroom. They inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves. They challenge our preconceived notions about the world. And most of all, teachers are the ones who guide us from childhood through adulthood. We spend a majority of lives in school, and it’s the teachers who help show us the way.
The teacher that I must thank is Michael Day. He was my Essay Composition and Technical Writing professor in college. He is the first person I met that had confidence in my abilities to do well in this lifetime. He always pushed me to do my best because he saw potential in me. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have developed the confidence I needed to achieve my goals.
My favorite memory of Michael Day happened in the winter of 2010. He saw me sitting in Reavis Hall and said “I didn’t know you were still a student here. You are going to be the Undergraduate Representative for the First Year Composition Committee. Meetings resume next semester. I will be sure you get the emails.” He didn’t ask if I wanted to be on the committee; he just appointed me the position. Even though he may not know it, that moment skyrocketed my confidence. He wanted me for that position, and that was that. He even said that I did more than any other Undergraduate Representative in the last few years. I had no idea I was doing anything special. I just did what I assumed was required for my position. But knowing that he thought kindly of me changed the way I approached the world.
Therefore, my big World Teacher’s Day Thank You goes to Professor Michael Day. Thank you for instilling confidence in me. Thank you for pushing me to be the best I can be. Thank you for having confidence in me. Most of all, thank you for being a wonderful and insightful instructor.
Of course I must also send a big Thank You to Friedemann Stuebing. He was my German professor in college and really lit a fire! Learning a new language, especially so late in life, can be difficult, but he made it fun and possible!
The students at Northern Illinois University have an amazing opportunity to learn from some of the best! Make sure to always appreciate your teachers!