Day 18: When I Found My First Mentor


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”
(Benjamin Franklin)

Back then when I was at year X, I went to a hospital to visit my relative. During that visit, for the first time I met my granduncle who lived abroad. He spoke to my cousin in English – a language that amazed me since I was a young girl. I used to watched TV and try my best to read the credits in English at the end of the movie (I was about 6-7 years old).

Today, I meet him again. Still young at heart and I could sense his energetic aura – even though his black hair is now gone. He spoke in English with me and I was overwhelmed with my own memory.

Back to the scene at the hospital, I told him that I wanted to be able to speak English fluently and out of surprise, he offered himself to be my first mentor. He expected me to write letter to him and he would reply with corrections. So I did! And for months, we kept on exchanging letters. My replied part was full of corrections. I was so ashamed back then, but now, I am proud of myself.

In between those years, we met for a couple of times and he deliberately checked on my English. He would ask me to read on certain passage and gave me compliment if I could ‘pass’ his test.

We all need such mentor. The special someone who touches us – not just academically, but in every aspect of our lives. I met other mentors along the way after my granduncle. But he is still my number one.

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