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Crossroads of Destiny (My Student's Essay about Me)

I promised myself that once I return to blogging, I would do it regularly. However, this day was such a busy day so I never had time to write a new blog entry. While cleaning up my files, I found this feature written by my former 3rd year high school student, Chryz Angelo Jonathan Bagsic, currently a college of medicine student at the University of the Philippines. His words are truly gems of wisdom so I decided to post it here...

Again, thank you Chryz for this.


Crossroads of Destiny
Chryz Angelo Jonathan Bagsic

Students happily chatting and rushing. Bells ringing. Everything brand new: pencils, books, bags, pens and others. Everyone was seemingly nervous while introducing themselves. What day is it? It is the first day of class.

The same scenario occurred on that unforgettable day when I was in grade six. I was surrounded by a crowd of happy faces, but that did not bother me at all. What bothered me most was my dark complexion, with a dry and flaky skin; obviously, a result of the sun’s scorching rays. In other words, I was sunburnt.

I was busily chatting with my friends when an astounding lady in black entered. She was wearing a black coat and black slacks. I half- expected her to wear black glasses, as part of her motif. She looked so professional and high- esteemed. The way she entered our room froze the noisy class, and automatically made us greeted her with a smile on our faces… an angel who manifested in her human form.

She introduced herself as Niña A. Buena from Naga City. She was our new adviser. She was beautiful, though I felt like she imposed an unreasonable strictness. She told stories about herself, her former students, and her life and experiences in Naga, along with all her talents and abilities, much like a walking curriculum vitae. At first, I felt like she was boasting but soon, I learned that all things she said would be helpful someday.

That year marked the blossoming of a happy year. We had a really pleasant experience with each other. However, she may be extremely temperamental at times, often leading to her saying the class- renowned words of hers, “Ignatius! My God!” Despite her usual indignation and anger at St. Ignatius, my section, we eventually learned to love her as our second mother.

Her loving nature easily encapsulates our worrying and afraid heart, and so, we felt very comfortable. She is very caring, and to some extent, let me use the word “vigilant”, for our safety. She motivates us most of the time, by using various quotes from blockbuster movies like, “There are no accidents in life.” from Kung Fu Panda; and “With great power comes great responsibility.” from Spiderman. She is really amazing, for she is able to enchant our last year in the lower grades with a special spark which made us eager to learn more.

“There are no accidents in life.” That’s what she always says. She is a true perfectionist, and she taught me a great thing” never to use “etc.” for it means “end of thinking capacity.”

Well, till I reached second year high school, Teacher Niña was my teacher, and she really touched my life. She is one splendid teacher, overly dedicated to nurture the abilities and talents of her students. The way she entered my life was sudden, but she instantly touched it with flocks of motivation and quotations. Truly, the deep friendship this eleemosynary woman created will never fade, and will be cherished through the years. 


  1. Yey! :) ImissyouTeacherNins! :D

  2. The best thing a teacher can do is leave a lasting impression on a student. My daughter is currently pursuing a teaching degree and I know she will have that same impact on someone.

  3. Wonderful accolades! It's apparent that you have a heart for your students and they recognize it. I taught for 35 years and the best we can hope for is that we've positively touched the lives of some of our students. You have accomplished that in this one and many more that you may never learn about.

  4. This is a fantastic tribute from a student. You have made a very strong impression on is life and I am sure on many other students.

  5. What a bright student. I don’t think I was this creative back then but I suppose technology has granted kids a means of blogging.

  6. I personally love to teach and currently under taking a in education. I hope one day, my students be able to say this about me because of the impact I've made in their lives because to me ,teaching is all about making impact on people

  7. This is a wonderful paper by your student, it sounds like you are a really fantastic teacher and that shows!

  8. Wow what a wonderful impression you've made on your student. This is such a beautifully written dedication to you. It's so lovely that you leave such an awesome impression on your students. Great job!

  9. What a wonderful tribute.The depth of thought and effort is beyond expression.

  10. It is very clear from reading this that you left a lasting impression on your student! That is wonderful. Your dedication and love of teaching is obvious, just from reading this.

  11. This is the one thing that makes me wonder if I should have become a teacher. It is so beautiful to see how you have touched students.


  12. What a beautiful message! I'm sure it means the world to you!

  13. Nina, your student must feel happy to see their essay about you, being acknowledged. An educator myself, I know what it means to be validated, especially for students.

  14. What a great essay! You can tell this student had a great teacher!

  15. My Mama was a teacher for years, and I used to love it when her students would come see her years later and talk about how amazing of a teacher she was. What's REALLY crazy is my wife's Dad used to work in the Baltimore County school system and saw my Mama YEARS before me and his daughter got together, and he had nothing but amazing things to say about her. You're clearly that kind of teacher which is beautiful, because the impact that you have on their lives WILL LAST a lifetime. You should feel truly blessed. Educators are the ones who really change this world for the better.


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