Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Nanay carol
Life’s Lessons To Live By, Not Facts Page 1“WHEN YOU LAUGH, THE WORLD LAUGHS WITH YOUBUT WHEN YOU CRY, YOU CRY ALONE.”When I was in college, every time I hear her name, people would say:“Ah si Ma’am ba? Napaka-istrikto nun!”“Napakababa niyang magbigay ng grade. Good luck!”“Humanda ka ‘pag siya ang naging teacher mo! Wag kang magpapa-late”“Kapag may assignment, ipasa mo agad!”“Wag kang a-absent”“Magda-drop na ako sa English 105. Natatakot ako kay Ma’am.”“Napaka-istrikto niya. Parang hindi ako papasa”.These remarks frightened me because she was my teacher in English 100 that time. She wasstrict, yes. She gave us difficult exams, yes. She was never late and expects us to do the same,yes. As a student, we must abide by the rules, yes. And we really have to study, unfortunatelyand fortunately, (beat the drum thrice) YES!When I became an Eduk student (specializing in English), I met her again. My fears of havingher as a teacher again grew more. This time, I cannot abide by her rules because I have otherobligations other than studying. I was a newly elected as a president of a dying organization atthat time. Although I was only more than two months member, I was elected right away to lead ahandful of members. The organization was dying. It almost died actually. I am not a good leaderbut I have to try my best. As a new leader, I was expected to revive it, or so I think.To revive the organization, we must solve the financial crisis and we must recruit new members.We did the latter. We succeeded, I guess. However, the former requires a lot of sacrifice andpatience. And so, I signed (without thinking twice) a contract worth 1.9 million with theproducer of Ang Guro Musical Play starring Ms. Marquez of GMA 7.After signing the contract, the organization had to endorse the musical play to differenteducational institutions in Nueva Ecija. However, only few members of the organization werewilling to help which forced me to sacrifice my classes. Even those members whose neighbor isa principal did not even try to endorse the play. Even those whose teacher is a teacher did not askme how they can help. They were just texting me asking for updates of the program’s success. Iwas sad and angry which made me decide to do things on my own. That was the moment when I
Life’s Lessons To Live By, Not Facts Page 2started facing problems in my classes. I even told myself that if I have to drop any of mysubjects, I will drop it.When I was at the verge of falling down, one of my seven (if I am not mistaken) teachersapproached me. She called me outside then led me to a park at the back of the classrooms. Sheasked why I was absent for the pass few meetings. I was about to lie. I had no intention to tell herthe truth. I was afraid. I don’t know what to say. She looked at me. She stared at me. I was sittingand she was standing. I was at the point of lying to her but her voice was so powerful. It was sostrong, so motherly, so caring, so loving. When I looked at her, I started telling her the truth—everything. I don’t know but I felt I had to. I admitted it was my fault.She was silent for a moment. Then she asked me if I had dreams. Yes, I replied. She remindedme about the dreams of my parents for me. I started crying. I told myself that I had big dreams.Silently, I reminded myself that I no longer want to suffer how unfair life is. I did not speak for awhile. I was listening to her. My tears started falling down from my eyes again. Then (if I am notmistaken) I saw crystal balls falling down from her eyes too. I wanted to hug her as if she wasmy mother but I didn’t. When I was still sobbing, she said,“Marvin, anak, when you laugh, the world laughs with you…But when you cry, you cry alone.”It echoed in my mind and I sobbed even more. She further explained that I had to prioritize mystudies. I had to make sure that I will not break my parents’ heart. I had to secure my future firstbefore trying t be a hero for others. I had to be good to myself first before being good to otherswho do not value my sacrifices in the end when I fail. Yes, it’s hard to pursue something bigwhen you’ll sacrifice something bigger. And it’s even harder to give up something when youknow it is the reason why you are in that place.After that moment, I decided not to drop any of my subjects. Most of all, I resigned as apresident of the organization. I got low grades that semester but I started once again. I did thebiggest mistake in my life but I learned a lot from it. It happened for a greater good.After that very significant encounter with my teacher, when I hear people talking about herfirmness in the class, I just smile. I know that deep inside her strictness resides a caring andloving mother. She is ONE of the teachers who wishes to see the better things, if not the best, inher children—her students. The way I see her as a teacher totally changed. The way I perceivedteaching changed. The way I see teachers WITHOUT an M.A. or M.S. degree changed.Importantly, the way I see myself in the future changed. And I will always remember the onlyteacher who talked to an ordinary student when he was about to lose everything he was dreamingfor. I hope she will be my teacher once again and yours too. She is a living heroine—a modernone.
Life’s Lessons To Live By, Not Facts Page 3As Jeff Goins said, “Some heroes fly beneath the radar. They aren’t celebrities and you won’t seethem on the conference main stage. But they give of themselves for the greater good. They actnobly. Their lives inspire.”Oh, did I forget to tell her name?—I was talking about NANAY CAROL of CAS, CLSU.For me, a true heroine!April 24, 20131:09 a.m.-1:30 a.m.Note: I forgot some part of the conversation I had with her but I tried to capture the mostimportant things that happened.—MISinacayTo read in a pdf format, click the following link.