Isn’t it crazy how one person can make or break just about anything?
So, I’m in this program at my school. And I hate it.
I haven’t always hated it. Just this year. I joined my freshman year and I loved it all the way up until my Junior Year, when the teacher in charge of the program retired.
-Let me clarify what love means here. When I say I loved this program I mean that I loved absolutely everything about it. I never ever ever wanted to miss a day of class or miss a meeting. I was absolutely completely in love with ever person in the program in the best way possible, even the people I wasn’t too fond of. It was truly the definition of a second home to me. So much so that, at times, I wanted it to be my first home. I loved that I didn’t know everything, but could completely trust that someone(s) else did and they would gladly jump on the opportunity to help me. I loved the competitive, sporadic, crazy, fun, educational environment of the program. I LOVED it.
Then, the teacher in charge retired. I cried when we had to say bye, even though I knew that he would still come to our weekly meetings and say hi.
The next year, everything was completely different. The administration decided that there was no way one person could possibly be in charge of this large, complex program, and they delegated it to multiple teachers, none of whom had been involved…really at all prior. They were all horrible. I know this sounds like it should be a good thing, and I would usually agree, but they tried to organize the program. In doing so, they disorganized and over complicated it. Everyone who knew how the program should be was angry. The teacher that used to be in charge visited every meeting at the beginning of the year, but by the second month, even he felt uncomfortable there, and left.
My original teacher meant the world to me, and he made the program everything that it was, and he shaped me into the person I am today.
The new people changed it, not in a good way in my opinion. I know they weren’t trying to, but they broke the program I loved.