When I was in High School I thought I was an idiot, I really did. Along the normal classes, I was taking remedial classes. I became really frustrated because it seemed as if with every other kid everything would just magically click with them. And I would think “Why can’t I understand this?” “Why can’t I learn like everyone else is?” “Maybe I really am stupid.”
The worst part was when I had two teachers remove me from their class because they said I learned things too slowly. Even my mom would tell me that I wasn’t any good at being in school. Eventually, I just gave up. I stopped showing up, and I stopped trying, so I was transferred to an alternate learning High School.
There, the cycle continued again. Fortunately for me, there was a teacher there who didn’t think I was an idiot, and who thought I could make something of myself. This teacher would stay with me long after he was supposed to go home to help me study; he would even bring me food and something to drink. I’ll never forget when he told me that he was willing to put his job on the line even after I told him that the Principal didn’t like that he was spending too much time and effort on me because I wasn’t worth it. This went on for about a year.
Now I am attending College hoping to someday get a degree in Astrophysics. And I swear to God that something I lay in bed at night thinking “I can’t believe I’m actually here” sometimes I laugh when I tell myself “Maybe I was never that stupid after all.”
He also transformed me into the extra mile type of guy. I’m more than willing to go out of my way to help another fellow human being.
Last I heard, he moved because his wife got offered a job in another state. Wherever he is. He completely changed my life.
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