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A Vietnamese Girl

Connections with an unknown strangers on a flight, how the affinity extends to afterwards, translated…

In September of 2019, I’d rushed back from Vietnam, there was a Vietnamese girl sitting next to me on the plane, silently, reading.

“Hi, are you traveling in Vietnam, young lady?”, I’d broken the silence after the meals were eaten.  “No, I’m from Vietnam, going to Taiwan to study!”  as she’d spoken, there was, that thick, accent.  Because the nurse’s aide we’d hired was also Vietnamese.  She’d shyly introduced herself , “Hi, I am Yu-Hwa, I’m not that fluent in Mandarin!”

I’d started talking to her slowly, and she’d, slowly, opened up to me.  She was the Asian descent, grew up in the poverty stricken farm, her parents worked really hard, carried the bricks, raised the fowls, helped with the planting in the fields, everything.  More than a decade ago, her mother, in order to better the economics of their home, came to Taiwan, and worked for nine years as a nurse’s aide, later, she’d encouraged her daughter to attend the university in Taiwan.

illustration from UDN.com

how these strangers became, like families to one another!

She’d been separated from her own mother at the tender age of eight, she’d often cried when she wasn’t being watched by others.  Her mother worked hard, buying up the estates, the livestock, and a cab for her father too, sacrificed too much already.

“Dad drives a cab, didn’t make that much, so on the weekends, I’d worked as much as I could, that way, I wouldn’t need any money from my family,” my heart went out to this young woman, she’d shyly told me, that this was the first time she’d told her story to a random stranger.  I’d patted her on the shoulders, said that being in the same city, we’d come, to share this, affinity.

By the time the flight landed in Clear Springs Hill Airport in Taichung it was already nine, I’d decided to give her a ride to her school with my husband, it could save her more than a thousand dollars N.T. in cab fares.  We’d exchanged contact information, and told her she was welcome to visit “grandma and grandpa” anytime.

Later, Yu-Hwa went to visit a couple of times with her classmates from Vietnam, and we’d become, more acquainted.  At the start of 2020, MERS-CoV started, Taiwan was in stage three alert, and, it’d, messed up the order of many people’s lives.  The outbreaks halted our gatherings, and yet, we’d, not shared any less of the connections once, she’d called, told me that her classmate had contracted the virus, that she was in the at-home quarantine, we’d swiftly, delivered the needed foods, the medications for her, and we didn’t feel relieved, until we’d learned she was, okay.

A lot of things canceled, she said she’d lost her original part-timing opportunity too, we’d worried about her livelihood, and comforted her at the same time, and we had our friend find her work sorting the mails at night, and it’d, helped her solve the problems of running short on the money needed.

Due to the outbreaks, Yu-Hwa hadn’t returned back to Vietnam for two years, and missed her families.  We hoped to give her some warmth as she needed.  When you’re alone and helpless, if there’s someone there, offering you the encouragements, even if it doesn’t solve your problems, it’s still, a positive, energy.

In June of this year, as parents, we’d, attended Yu-Hwa’s graduation, and we were, moved.  She’d told us, that being in Taiwan for four years, because of the outbreaks, she couldn’t travel around, but, there’s, that thickness of the connection with the people she’d met in her life here, and we too, cherished this, amazing connection of us, similar to that of grandparents and grandchildren’s.

And so, this is on how you’d, connected with a random stranger, and it all started with a simple conversation on that plane, and, the connections that got started on the flights, extended to until they got off, and continued into the young woman’s college careers, and, I’m sure, that it will keep on extending onwards.

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Had Plagiarism Became the “Norm”, in Some Areas of Scholarly Researches?

Observations of how Lin, the candidate for the county leaders had plagiarized his thesis!  The morality had gone down, to an all-time, low here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The candidate for the mayor of the county was found to have been unethical in plagiarizing his papers.  Whether or not he had, plagiarized, it’s up to the evidence, the proofs to tell us.  But, the lacking of the system is, what we all, agree on.

The professors teaching the students to write the essays, the students are the authors of these essays, as the instructors graded the papers, the instructors wouldn’t become, co-authors; the theses in the discussion forums, revising the papers and formally publishing it in scholarly journals, it should be stated that this was a revised edition of the papers, all of these are simple to understand, for even a child in the elementary years, but in the college years, everything became, complicated.  From the “Moralities of Technical Research”, you can see, how wayward the scholar researches became.

The section 6.1 stated, “If plagiarizing partial, not the core of the work, for instance, the introductions of backgrounds, the descriptions of how researches were conducted, or not enough to mislead the reviewers to believe that the originality of the work is faulty, then, the professional reviewers should decide on how severe the offense is”?  or, should it be that in some areas of studies, the plagiarism became norm already, and it’s not a serious enough an offense?

Secondly, the section 6.4 stated “the theses should be coauthored by the student and the professor who’d advised the student, then, the professor can share authorship with the student, but, the papers should specify the contributions of the student”.  The theses of students, the appointed professors are only giving the students the guidelines they should go about in doing research, they’d not been involved in the writing, but why is it, that the authors are with the students’ and the professors’ names on it, making it look like as if the professors are the primary authors of the papers, with the students helping to conduct the researches?

The rule seven section one stated, that the “Seminars where the papers brought out to be discussed isn’t formally presenting the research results, no need to add the names of the writers on,” whether or not the seminars are formal presentation, it was presented, openly, and why should it be up to the individual realms to decide if it were formal or not?

What’s most debatable, the rule number nine’s “the listing principles of coauthorship” in the preface, other than the primary writer of the theses being the authors, those who were involved with the research, helping with the studies, can also be listed as, coauthors.

And this, just showed, of how problematic it is, the research systems of authorship is here, anybody who’d participated in helping the theses (including the professors whom the student asked to guide her/him in writing the papers, all the participants of the studies, are all, listed as “co-authors), and that’s just, SHIT, there should only BE one author, and that’s the student her/himself, as for the professors who’d advised, those participants who were involved in the data collecting, they should all be listed, on the very last page of the credits, instead of on the FRONT COVERS of these theses and dissertations, and this thing about the professors being on the front page ahead of the students who were the true authors of these papers, that’s just, bullshit, and who the FUCK gave you the right to take credits of your students’ works, huh?

Oh I know, because that’s how the politics of things worked, isn’t it???

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The Messes in the Defenses Against the Pandemic, No Tricks Beats Tricks, the Government, Playing We the People Like Fools

A total M-E-S-S, is what this is here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

As the pandemic of MERS-CoV grew, there are more and more college and university students who’d been confirmed of contraction, making the schools stressed out about the problems of quarantine, even in N.T.U., there’s the outrageous, unbelievable conditions of those who’d contracted the virus being placed in the conference rooms, and the tents inside the school’s buildings.

From the government’s “getting ahead” to “help yourselves, adapt on your own”, the mottos of the government, truly, tests the local universities, community colleges’ ability to adapt all right.  In the past the online members here in Taiwan laughed at how the ark hospitals in China, calling them the “concentration camps” of those who’d contracted the virus, and now, there’s the “mini ark” in the most prestigious university in the lecture halls, with the students’ kind reminders of, “remember to stay in tent number two, if you want access of the extension cord””, does this not make those government officials who preached about getting ahead feel ashamed of themselves?

It’d been for long since the demands of the schools’ dormitories exceeding the supplies, that was why the situation in N.T.U. is happening right now, and, in other universities across the island, there are the instances of the MERS-CoV positive students, sharing the same living space as those students who are healthy.  And so, the “at-resident quarantine” of the student’s, the transportation means should be left to the schools individually to do, this is, the means, of resolving this problem; and toward the “foreign exchange students”, they would have to wait until the dorms occupied by the students here gets cleared out, then, they will be able to use the dorms as a site for their, quarantine.

And, one of the universities’ responsibilities is to look after the students, and yet, there’s this, “tent situation” in N.T.U. here right now, and, we can imagine, that the other universities around the island aren’t faring any better.  The government should not have just “one rule”, but a series of rules that can be adapted to the different conditions of the needs of the students, from “we can’t get the masks to we can’t get the vaccines, to now, we can’t get the quick scans”, does the Department of Education have enough quick-scan kits for all the students?

The epidemic, along with the number of confirmed diagnoses is determinant of whether or not the in-class sessions are to be halted, and the afterwards of at-home quarantine, hospitalization, and the health of those who hadn’t contracted the virus, is more important of all.  The CDC’s policies, communication with the schools needed to get up to speed.  From before the CDC mandated the three-doses for the tour groups, the head of the department of transportation only came to know upon reading the reports, and now, the CDC is seeing the troubles the students of the N.T.U. are experiencing in the quarantines, and, should it NOT discuss with the Department of Education, on coming up with a plan to tackle this matter?

And, these are, only the stuff that the CDC overlooked, as the HEAD of the CDC is no longer, with his mind intact, on, how to, tackle the pandemic, but on how to win the mayoral race of Taipei here, and this still just showed, how the government can abuse its power, making the peoples’ lives, a living hell, and the party controlling this god DAMN country is still, clueless of what it’s doing!

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Priorities

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…

photo from online

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.

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Occupational Hazards

The collaboration of theory AND application here, combining theory AND application, as you became, a lecturer of a film class, teaching a room full of, students, it takes a ton of integration on your part, translated…

For the second semester, I’d had a course at the undergrad level, “Directorship”, because it’s a brand new course, so it took me a whole lot of time, of thought, of mind, on how to prepare the lessons.  It’s quite obscure, that as a professional filmmaker, it’d become hard, for me, to teach others, how to be a filmmaker.

on the set…

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photo from online, the application side

On it, more than two decades ago, before I entered into the film department as a college student, it seemed, that I’d not learned anything on directing from the lectures, or from my professors either.  On the assigned film projects, either that every member of the group took turns as directing the films we were making, or that someone raised her/his hands to be the director.  “Director”, is seemingly a high and mighty position, but it’s actually, a trial-by-error basis, slowly discovering how to do the job, learn-as-we-go sort of thing.  Everything started, after I walked out of school, and, started, following the filming crews to the filming sessions, working as set assistant director, what I’d observed how those, “bigshot” directors do it, then I’d, learned the skills, and put it to my own.

“Following the crew in filming is like being in love, working under the different directors is like being in love with different people, it alters your world.” I’d often told the students who are about to work on a set.

There’s this feeling of apprenticeship to the job of director, which masters you follow, is which sort of skills you’re bound to pick up on.  And so, if you can, before becoming a formal director on a set, you have the opportunities to intern under different directors to learn, then, it will make your field of vision, much, much wider.

“What the professor tells you now, how I do things, it’s all my personal experiences, and from my own, perspective.  Don’t take it as the golden rule!”, I’d always reminded my students of this to a point in my lectures.

“Professor, you’d always told us this, is it because you don’t want to take responsibilities for what you’re saying to us?”, my students jokingly stated to me.

Creativity is subjective, like what’s beautiful, and what’s not, but, don’t block your own creative flow, because of the limits you set for yourselves.  I think, that, because of a heart of responsibility to my students, that’s why, I’d, worked so hard, to make my students understand this value.

The “skills” of directors, I can’t describe in theory in class, most of what’s understood, gained as knowledge and wisdom, is from the practicalities of field work.  But I know, that there’s the varied “personalities” for the various occupations.

different than this…

on “paper”…photo from online

I’m a director who loved collecting things, at home, in my office, in every corner, there were, the tracks of “stories” which I drew my inspirations of filming from.  But my wife is totally opposite, she’d an analyst who focused on hardcore data, the statistics, the efficiencies of how things are done, the unneeded, the unnecessary, she’d, gotten rid of in a moment.  The two of us, one very rational, one very, sentimental, becoming married, living together, and naturally, as you may imagine, there were, many conflicts we’d had with one another, what I wanted to keep, she wanted to throw out, what I could care less about, she’d, believed it to be, important.  All of these frictions caused many tears to fall, also, added more fun to our lives.  For instance, she’d taught me how to estimate the budgets before I plan out a shoot; to not set my sights too high, otherwise, I would be the one, crying at the very end……………while she’d learned from me, how to slow down her paces, to not care about the gains, and just, enjoy the process of doing things, that there is meaning to be gained, no matter how bad the results.

Yeah, this is, the occupational hazards, of every, single occupation.

And now, the occupational hazard I’d, “acquired” as a lecturer is, “be careful what I say to my students”, worried that every word out of me, those carelessly blurted aloud ones, can damage a student…………it’s no wonder, the curriculum of my “Director’s Cut” keeps on, getting, stuck……………………

So, this is on transferring the application into the theoretical, it’s not that easy, even IF you are a professional, you’d done this a long, long time, but, to teach what you do to a class of students, it’s, a different story, and you’re still, trying to learn how to be a lecturer of a film class, even though, you’d worked as a documentary film director since you got out of your own university years.

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The Distance-Education Classes are Burning Money, with the Students from Lower Economic Statuses, Fighting Hard, to Stay Alive, the Taiwan Fund for Family & Children Stepped in to Help Out

Call this, the, schooling, GAP if you will!  How the students from not-well-enough economically backgrounds are, suffering because of the outbreaks here!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Distance education had become the primary means to teach and learn due to the outbreaks now, comparing to how the children in the elementary and middle school years in the lower end of the socioeconomic statuses, the government helps out, giving them the giving them the technologies, but for the college students from the lesser m the lesser backgrounds, they can only, rely on themselves.  The Taiwan Fund for Children & Families found, that for over a year, a lot of the students in the college levels receiving the sponsorship told, that the original laptop they were using for their papers, are growing old, and couldn’t handle the means of online education classes, and now, they’d had to, come up with the money they needed, for the new laptops, to up the charges on their cell phone plans too.

The college student, Chang told, that the laptop he used from before, was okay for the research papers he had for university, but, as the classes, the lectures are all online, the webcam, the typing of his papers, multiple functions at the same time, causing his laptop to freeze up a lot often, making it hard for him to get caught up with the classes, and, all the money he’d earned from his part-time jobs, already went to pay for his living and school costs, there’s, not that much that he has left.

The manager of Taipei’s Taiwan Fund for Children & Families, Hsieh told, that based off of statistics, there are about eighty-percent of college level students who received the help, for paying their tuitions, their fees of living, started part-timing, but since the outbreaks, a lot of the classes went online, and it’d, caused the digital difference to become ever the more apparent, a lot of the students who are receiving the foundation’s help are troubled, because their laptops are, too old to function.

Hsieh said, that “education is the best means of getting out of poverty”, but for over a year since the outbreaks occurred, the college students from lower end of the socioeconomic statuses are, having it, harder than ever, especially in times of the epidemic, learning online became what’s trending now, it’d, added to the economic burdens of the students from lesser backgrounds, she’d called out to the public, to help support these kids on their, last mile of education, to help them, get on the starting lines, evenly with the rest of the students.

And so, this, is how the epidemic, tries people on all levels, because, there are those students from lesser backgrounds, who are, in school, and, with their laptops being, used for, five, six years on end the systems bound to, run slower, and, they can’t, catch up, because they don’t have the extra money, to get a new laptop, they’re, having it hard enough as is, making their own tuition payments, their rents, utilities, etc., etc., etc., etc.

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The Gymnastic Trainers’ Raping of the Competitors He’d Trained, Mostly Never Got Charged Because the Victims Waited Past the Statutory Period Expired

Imagine, how long the victims of this sort of SEXUAL abuse must’ve, suffered, and, the sentence is still, way too, lenient!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

For the Sake of Performance & Dreams, the Four Victims Put up with the Sexual Abuse of Their Coach for More than a Decade, and Only Two Counts Stood Up in Court, the Coach Sentenced to Six Years Ten Months

The gold medalist gymnastics coach used his power status, and sexually molested, raped the young gymnastics competitors with the dreams, more than a decade later, the victims finally worked up the courage to tell, and the case went out into the open, started up the “Me Too movement here in Taiwan; the district attorneys charged the coach with forced sexual intercourse, molestations, the Kaohsiung District Court changed the indictment clause “using status of power to rape”, and most of the counts had surpassed the decade statutory period, and in the end, Liang was only charged with one count of forced sexual intercourse, one count of forced sexual molestation, and given a combined sentence of six years ten months.  This can still be appealed.

The case had busted wide open in February of 2018, a victim found strength through the “#MeToo” movement from the U.S., posted anonymously on FB: “I wanted to soar, but the coach who should’ve given me the wings, broke my wings, and gymnastic became the most loved, and most hated sports to me”.  The investigators looked into the matter, and found at least seven victims, four of whom pressed charges, they all started training under Liang from the elementary to the high school years, four of whom, were trained by Liang since the elementary years, two excelled in gymnastics, and they were the ones who were hurt the deepest too.

One of the victims testified, that to train, she’d stayed at Liang’s home with another female student, but Liang had used the performances in the competitions to force her to have sex with him, and at first she’d told him no, in the end, she just, wanted it to be over soon; and Liang’s rape of his students was caught by another female student who bore witness to him, raping another student, which shocked her to realize, that she “wasn’t his only victim”, but for the sake of their grades, and performances, the two girls put up with his sexual abuse for more than a decade.

There were two more victims who’d come out with the accusations, one stated that Liang used her hydrotherapy sessions to pat her breasts down; another accused him to raping her at a motel, disregarding how she’d told him no; the D.A. believed that Liang was responsible for at least eleven different rapes and sexual molestation charges, indicted him based off of forced sexual behaviors and molestations and other charges.

The Collectivist Courts believed, that Liang used his status of power to threaten the female students, and changed the indictment counts to “power rape”, and the statutory period for power rapes is only a decade, and the victims accused him of it from 2000, that by the time the cases were reported had been way past the period of statute of limitation, in the end, the courts found, that the second victim bore witness to the second rape, sentenced Liang to only SIX years, with the rest of the charges not stood up in court or not guilty.

The victims who came out later, the Collectivist Courts believed, that she had her mother as her witness to testify, and that the counts stood, sentenced Liang to a year for it, the other victim suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder, but based off of the time of diagnosis, it’s hard to affirm that it was related to Liang, with the lack of evidence, Liang didn’t get charged for it.

And so, this is a LOSER, who used his power status (of a gymnastic coach?), to RAPE his female students, and, this shit had happened long, long ago, in the nineties back in the U.S., and, the victims still didn’t stand up and band together until they’re, adults, and this, is a case of how losers can take advantage of their statuses as coaches to rape their own students.

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The Hardships of School Instructors Whose Schools Closed Down, with the Student Onboard Another Sinking Ship

This would be, the domino effect from the reduction of birthrates here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

After the closing down of the Nanrong Technical University, close to seven hundred students were, transferred to other schools, and there are only the officeworkers still working at the school right now, the former applied Japanese associate professor, Hsu, on the matter, of the process of the school’s closing down, still felt, quite, upset, sighed, “the students were discriminated against, bullied, the professors couldn’t find teaching positions, and some even started working in the construction sites as manual laborers now, this is what the higher up officials in the Department of Education failed to notice and see.”

Hsu told, the school not running well enough, this is only, partially the reason for why the school got closed down, but twenty years ago, the government had, encouraged the setting up of countless community colleges, technical colleges, universities, it’s the fault of the government, and yet now, the consequences are shouldered, solely, by these, private institutions of higher education; Nanrong was located in the distant regions, hard enough as is to run and operate, and under the wrong policies, with the impacts of reduction in birthrate, it’d, become an easy target of the “Vulture Group”, hard for it, not to get, closed down.  He’d only begged the Department of Education, to change the purpose of the school’s properties, to made into some other functional space, “this is what the department of education can do for these private colleges and universities.”

The school’s original associate professor from business management, Shen told, it’s hard to find another teaching job, a lot of the professors were forced to switch tracks, some became tramping professors, there were the instructors from the school who’d gone off to China, some of the professors who went to China even got called back, to the school for owing of the wages of the professors on the payroll, but “the Department of Education only allowed the professors to sue the schools that hired them.”

He’d told, that back then the students from the Department of Business Management, with the help from the Department of Education, were able to successfully transfer to another school’s business administration department to continue their education, but that school soon stopped, enrolling too, “from one sinking ship, onto, another, sinking ship.”; there were the students who had to put in the commute time of one to two hours to go to school, and in the end, the students had to, give up on their, studies altogether; and there were the students who’d told him of how they were discriminated against, bullied by the professors at their new schools that “you have no right to come to our school to study in the first place!”

After the Tourist School of Taiwan stopped operating, the students set up a self-help committee, fought to get their own graduation certificates, their degrees, from their, original, school.  The student who set up the self-help committee, Fang told, that the Department of Education demanded the board to make the donations to the school’s functions, the board didn’t, the Department of Education just chose to look the other way, allowing the board of trustees of the school to do what they will with the school.

Fang stated, that as she enrolled back in 2018, there were six departments that had stopped enrolling the new students, a lot of the students of those majors “got in and filed for transfers to another school shortly afterwards”, but she was in the community college track, and wasn’t a part of the systems back then, she’d stayed, and now, after a few years’ worth of studying, she still can’t, escape the same fates.

There’s only the restaurant and hotel management department that remained at the Langyang Technical School, and the school decided to stop enrollment for the department altogether by the end of next school year.  The parent, Yang told, that this was what they’d all expected, they weren’t surprised at all, her child is in the third-year-of the five-year degree program, and can still graduate from the school before it closes.  The professors of the school told, that there’s no debts of the school, and yet, in recent years, it’d slowly, backed itself away, out of the education forum, that the school took care of the rights of the professors on the payrolls, so, the professors hadn’t strongly objected against the school’s closing down.

And so, this, would be, a bad sort of a trend, just like how quickly from before these technical universities got set up and started operating, now, they’re all, falling left and right, due to the reduced birth rates, among other factors too, and, the students who are currently in the systems had no other option, but either to stop getting their higher education, start working, or find a way to transfer to another university that’s, not going to close anytime soon.

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Being Classmates with My Son

Having someone you know in the class, it helps you, learn better, because the two of you can discuss together, and help each other understand the course materials you couldn’t quite understand yet, translated…

My son worked for a couple of years as a security guard, one day he’d suddenly told me, “Mom, I’m going to quit my job, and take the national exams!”

As I’d heard, I was, more than, ecstatic! I thought of the news reports of how the security guards got beaten to death, and how his coworkers had recently been injured on the job, had several stitches, I’d, given him my blessing, in my words, as through my actions, I’d, signed him up for the prep courses.

a father and a daughter taking the same graduate courses together, photo from online

 

My plans of life was to take twenty basic law courses first, and my son’s test was also, related to, law enforcement, and, we’d, both signed up for the penal law course, and, became classmates in the credited courses.

There was, another father-and-son pair in the penal law course, the two of them always sat on the first row, they’d taken the class very seriously. Although the father was older, he was, the student who’d, asked the most number of questions each class period. And, although I’d, audited a whole year’s worth of law courses, and earned nearly ten hours of credits, and listened closely in class, but, I have limited memory capacity, and can only, record the class sessions to get the key points, thinking I’ll, listen to the recordings often, to make up for the lacking of my memories. My son is shy in nature, had set at the last row in class, and, although, he’d not missed a single class, he’d not had any prior knowledge of the law, and, it’s hard for me to know, how much of the lectures he’d actually, understood.

Before this class was over, the former manager of his work called him up, wanting him to return back to the job. Because there’s a lack of workers, he’d promised, that my son could, set up his work schedule according to his classes, that maybe, he could, study the course material during his breaks from work. Although, I’d, told him he should, just, study hard, and prepare for the exams, but he’d, decided, to return back to work.

When he’d gone to his new workplace, turned out, his new manager was, also, a veteran in taking the national exams, and learned of his situation, he’d, started zooming in on my son, to make sure he was, hitting the books. As he’d stopped going to work, stayed at home to prepare for the exams, he’d often, gotten sidetracked, and, as he’d returned back to the workforce, his manager is, making sure he was, studying like he’s supposed to, he’d, made more progresses in his studies, compared to when he was at home doing it on his own.

Being classmates with my sons had many perks, once I couldn’t make it to class, and I’d asked him to record the lectures, and we can, discuss with one another on the cases, or things we can’t, quite understand. The finals of that penal code class, surely enough, the father-son pair made the highest grades, that father scored a 95, it’s truly, impressive. My son and I, scored, toward the bottom, but the professor was kind enough, gave me a final grade of eighty-one, but I know we didn’t work, hard enough, every day, we’d still, snuck in those Japanese soaps and comic books, we should, take from the father-son pair in our class, follow their, leads in studying hard.

As I’d, introspected over how I’d not worked, hard enough in class, I’d wanted to, tell my son, who’s, focused on his career, who’d, put in more energy, “Classmate, keep working at it!”

And so, this is the perks of having someone there with you in class, the two of you can discuss things you don’t quite understand together, help one another learn better, that’s what happened, to the father-and-son pair in the class, and the writer used them as a role model.

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Regarding the Extracurricular & the Camps

Getting involved, in non-school related activities here, translated…

My youngest was headed out early in the morn, because the camp from her major was starting, as a freshman, she is very enthusiastic of all the activities hosted by her major.  I remembered, that, we’d, headed out before light for her last thing too, in the nearly zero degree icy cold floor of the CKS Memorial Hall, rolled around on the floorboards, it was her salsa club of her high school, she was responsible for coordinating a “recital of her younger schoolmates.”

My youngest started dancing from her kindergarten years to date, dance had become, her favorite.  It’s just, that her school teachers mentioned how if she’d worked too hard on her “hobby”, it may, cause her grades to slip, but she’d, asked us, not to worry, “the extracurriculars are important rites of passage, just let them give it all they got for this!”  but, I’d, found my daughter, with that lack, of enthusiasm, turned out, she had, dropped her activities, because she’s still, trying to figure out what she’s good at academically, she’d told us, “I’m more than certain about dance, and anything else, is not good enough for me.”  Until her final year in high school, she’d, transferred from the sciences, to the social sciences, and now, she’s, in the major she has great interests in, communications, and, she’d, danced every day, and now, she’d, gone out early in the morn, for her summer camp activities.

查看來源圖片the assortments of activities, not related to the academic…photo from online

My eldest and I, were both into the extracurriculars in our high school years, I’d, gotten involved in two groups, one was for vanity, the band, the other, school paper.  Being in band, I’d, played the trumpet, without much talent, just so I can, put on that marching uniform that made me shine on flag day, and, walking across the podium before the President’s Office.  As for the school paper, it was, where my heart lies, I’d, let my own, writing talents, poured out.  I’d recalled, how hard it’d been that I had, worked, on every topic, how I’d, gone to the shopping marts, to find the old photos, to do the interviews, and published my not-mature-enough writings, wanted to pour all of my doubts of the world, my feeling lost for my future, along with my dissatisfaction toward school, all out in the open.

I can no longer recall how the periodical had, turned out, but, my grades, slipped, and, that became, a F-A-C-T.

I’d found a university that I really don’t hate to study in, but the major I was in, it wasn’t anywhere near my interest profile.  And, by then, editing the periodicals, no longer, satisfied my mind, maybe back then, love was, taken up half of my mind.

And yet, because I’d, lost love, I’d, decided, to go for the president of the club, to let myself, embrace this major I’d, found myself to be in, tired, to learn to be a, leader.  And so, the memories of my college years, were revolved around the freshmen orientations, the camps, the seminars, the book fairs, the competitions.  I recalled all the guest lecturers I’d invited, remembered all the shows we’d put on for the freshmen orientations, recalling that freshman ball we hosted, remembered the singing and skit competition I’d, set up, remembering being in the trainees of the officers of the clubs of the school too, along with how I continued being the team counselor as I went into my senior year.

I’d once not wanted to graduate, because I loved being a student too much.  And, the best memories of being a student, are from, the extracurricular activities, as we’d, entered into the groups on our own, there’s, too many connections there.  Like how I watched my eldest get too excited as she’d, started, editing the footage, like how I imagined my youngest happily, leading the freshmen, because she’s, finally, a sophomore.

查看來源圖片volunteer counts too!  Photo from online

Some had found their significant others in the extracurricular groups, like my eldest brother and sister-in-law.  A lot of people found what they truly loved, like my youngest and I.  Recently, I’d, edited a periodical of a bookstore, and, I’d, found my passions there, and that, was when I’d, recalled, this, was what I loved, doing back then.

And so, these extracurricular activities in college, they’d not, only enriched our schooling careers, but it may also, point us, toward the directions of our, future jobs too, and so, don’t be too worried, when your own young got too involved in their extracurricular activities, besides, the university years aren’t about making the grades, it’s about, discovering, who we are!!!

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