Yesterday, I visited my high school to speak to the apparel students. I gave them a mini presentation of what I've done ever since I've graduated and explained how my apparel courses in high school have benefited me greatly now. It was so great to see how attentive all the students were. Afterward, some students came to ask questions and some mentioned about attending my university next year and even majoring in Apparel Product Design. One girl came up to me and told me that she didn't know what she wanted to major in but after hearing my speech, she is very excited to learn more about the apparel design major and considers joining the program. Hearing that really means the world to me. To be influential or a role model to someone is such an honorable feeling.
I was also very excited to see my apparel and art teacher again! They are the two most influential teacher/people in my life. They've taught me so much and have been a wonderful mentor to me. They've always believed in me and was a big encouragement for me. I can't ask for better teachers and am so appreciative for all they've done. Seeing how happy and proud they were of me made me feel accomplished. I want to show them that everything they've taught me did not go to waste and I will forever carry on the passion they've given in teaching their students into my work. Hearing them say, "this is the reason why we love teaching and never want to retire", encourages me to continue to strive.