The UofR requires its applicants to make a response as a part of the application to be accepted on UofR. I always wanted to share this in the hopes that it would give an idea for those who are applying in the UofR or other universities that requires you to make a response. Note: I’m not entirely sure if this response contributed to my acceptance to UofR.
First. Mr. Rene Guevarra. Mr. Rene Guevarra was a Highschool Math teacher at Proverbsville School Inc. In the Philippines. He is graduate of Accounting and pursued Education a few years later after realizing that Accounting was not his calling. He was my Math teacher for four years. He is not an ordinary teacher but rather an eccentric, flamboyant, smart, religious, and a loving teacher. He taught everything I needed to know in his Math classes. He encouraged and Inspired me despite the bullying that I suffered during those four years of highschool in the Philippines (2004-2008), and taught to manipulate math as if that it was an extension of my inner self. I wanted to teach because his passion for teaching was the whole definition of Altruism – the practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. He did not know me, yet he refuse to let that social barrier be a hindrance for his teachings to reach my heart. Compassion, Dedication, and Unselfish Love. With these lessons that I had inherited from a my teacher, I will stop at nothing to fulfill my dreams and be successful in anything and everything that I will venture in my life.
Finally, North America. I arrived in Canada on July 10th of 2009. Everything was new to me. Here in Canada, I felt things that I have never felt before I came here like being the new kid, being alone, facing racism, the white desolation (Snow), learning another culture, and trying to fit in. Honestly, I overcame those barriers and difficulties in a few months due to strong Faith, drama, choir, being involve in SLC, doing good on my math classes and just being myself. I am aware that adjusting into something completely different is difficult, but I want to change that. I want to be a teacher because I believe that “everyone is equal and unique in diverse ways”- No barriers, no chains, and no shackles. Also, Now that I have seen The East and The West’s perspectives of the world, I am clearly enlightened to become a teacher and no one can stop me in achieving my goals because I have overcome hardships and problems before, and “If I want something, I make it happen” – Marcia Maclean.
After surviving week 2 of Professor Wilson’s English 100 class, my uneasiness of having a disadvantage in learning the Languages Arts is diminishing. Last Tuesday, September 13th, we discussed about deciphering poems. He tackled the poem She Walk in Beauty by Lord Byron. After the class finished reading the poem, he started asking questions about the poem’s meaning. Then, he gave his own interpretation of the poem which left the whole class baffled because he started speaking about combines and the beautiful prairies. In the midst of the confusion, he supported his interpretation with the lines used from the poem. I was like: wow, he’s good, really good. He also reminded us that we need to “support our opinion”, which I find very interesting because one of my teachers in high school said that you “need to have a PH.D” for your opinions to count, supported or not. Poetry interpretation has always been an ongoing struggle for me due to the fact that English is not my first language and I am still learning its fundamentals and theories. Yes I can be called handicapped or crippled when it comes to learning English, but I am not the person who gives up easily. I have finished obstacles harder than this one, and there are tougher challenges that await me.
The following meeting, September 15th, we tackled on pre-writing strategies, in which we were told to read Fit to Print and Pattterns for Purpose respectively. Honestly, reading the books was a little “dry” to me due to the fact that I am not used to self-studying methods that university students often venture on and I usually prefer listening in class instead of reading tons of techniques and strategies that does not make sense to me at all. I wanted to raise questions on how pre-writing can executed properly, but he solve it right away before I could even raise the question. He discussed the dos and don’ts of pre-writing which I find very useful. Furthermore, I found that writing strategies that I usually use has some holes and some sentences do not have any connection to the essays at all which led to my teachers giving out questions marks on some sentences on my essays whenever I submit one. One thing I found new on this lecture was the Free writing, a method in which the writer writes and writes everything that comes in his/her on paper until he/she runs out of ideas, and the “real” ideas come out. I find this method to be very fascinating because I have never tried this before. Then, he started discussing about the three kinds of essays namely Personal, Persuasive, and Informative essay. I usually could not distinguish the difference between informative and persuasive due to the fact that both types of essays are very similar in nature. Writing has always been my weakness and it no matter how much I try to write, edit, and re-write, I often get lower marks than my target mark should be. I often work hard and it takes a lot of time for me to finish a high school essay. I think that I should spend more time expounding on my understanding of the Language Arts and get help if I could or even read and decipher the books that was provided for this class. I have just to try and try until I have it mastered. I just have to resort to my diligence because I do not have talent on writing.