A wake up call that this student was in need of, giving to her/him by her/his, professor, translated…
In the sunshine bright springtime April, the gentle breezes brushed across my face, the azaleas came in full season, then, went out in the school campus.
After work, I’d rushed off from the office, rushed into, another, battlefield—the information technology building of the school, to run the statistics of my thesis. Finally, I’d, finished up to a point, collected my stuff, left, walked over to the psych department building, lifted my head up, saw Professor Chen coming toward me.
“Hi, professor”, I couldn’t dodge, so I’d, said, hello. “What year are you now?”, “too many to count! Don’t mention it anymore!” “Look, you’re, running away again, come see me soon, if you don’t graduate soon, then, you won’t, graduate!” to this point in time, if I don’t file for graduation, then, my degree is going bust, what else is more pressing than my thesis, and my, oral exam? I’d, remained, silent.
mentored by a professor…
Finally, I’d, passed my oral examinations, with a heart full of bliss, I’d gone to see the professor, she’d told me, that she had a student who’d, flunked out every time she’d taken the higher office exams, because she was a perfectionist, always took way too much time, answering that very first question on the exams, to the point, that she had no time left to finish the rest of the test. “I don’t have such troubles, I’d passed my Higher Government Office Examinations already!” “I know, but if life is like the higher government office exams, would you not have spent way too much time on school, and work, to the point of not having the time to set up your families, your love, your health…………and even then, if you receive that perfect score marker for your school work, and your work, you’d still, scored a failing grade out of, life.”
I’m very grateful for Professor Chen for not just minding my scholastic performances, my professional developments, but also, the bliss in the other areas of my life too. Thanks to her reminding me of it, I’d, reevaluated my own priorities, and, set up the priorities of my life that I was in need of then.
And so, sometimes, we get, too caught up with that set up goal of ours, that we’d, failed to realized, that there’s more to life than achieving that one solitary goal we’d longed to attain, and, at this particular time, wouldn’t it be nice, if we all had someone like this individual’s professor, pointing it out to us too?
But, not all of us, are lucky enough, to have someone like this individual’s professor, to give us our, separate, wake up calls.