Jessy Ma

I never expected that I would be so attached to my students from just teaching them once or twice. I remember many of their faces, and I remember their smiles.

“This is my first time participating in VTC. At first, I expected an experience similar to the one that other people talked about last year in Shanxi. Guizhou had a completely different experience; for example, the area was more developed and the school was larger. In Guizhou, I taught at Wuchuan Middle School, which had over six thousand students. On the first day, each of us had around five to six classes; however, by the second day, we had more than nine classes per day. This was because many teachers and students want to see us and get to know us. There, I experienced a lot of new things. Whenever I finished class, many of my students would ask me to sign their books or take pictures. A lot of my students wanted my contact information as well. In addition, I had only taught these students once or twice and they still wanted to keep in touch to become friends. Some of the students that I have stayed in contact with tell me about their struggles, and they really trust me and look up to me. They ask for advice about how to do well in school and how to deal with stress. I never expected that I would be so attached to my students from just teaching them once or twice. I remember many of their faces, and I remember their smiles.

I really hope to return next year to see my students again. Overall, this school is very different from many schools that I have seen in Vancouver. The teachers are very young, which creates a lighter environment during class. During my stay, the teachers helped me teach by giving me advice on how to survive late night studies and how to teach effectively. I want to go back to Wuchuan Middle School next year and see the teachers that helped guide me and see the students that laughed and smiled with me during class.”

-Jessy, VTC2018

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