I read a story this morning in the Mainichi Daily which made me smile, and I thought I would share it with you. It was a story about a junior high school girl in Saitama Prefecture who was determined to take a high school entrance exam and would not let anything stand in her way. (埼玉県高校入学試験)
The recent heavy snowstorms in that part of Japan had brought the trains to a halt so she and her mother set off on foot for Ishikawa Prefecture. （石川県高校入学試験）
They set off around 11:30pm and… were luckily picked up by a truck driver a couple of hours later who was able to get them to the testing center 10 minutes before the exam started. You can read the rest of the story by following the links below…
I’ve included the links here to the story, both in English and Japanese.
Prior to owning my Smiths School of English franchise eikaiwa school I was an English teacher on the JET Program for 2 years. I worked in a junior high school and this story brought back many fond memories of my 3rd grade junior high school students as they were preparing and stressing about their high school entrance exams. Many sacrifices were made during those test preparations. Many emotions were expressed as those results came back.
This is a happy story because it demonstrates once again that sincere effort is rewarded. This young girl had a dream, and nothing would stand in her way.
Good for her! I wish her the best of luck and she has set a good example for her junior peers.
Girl hitchhikes through snowstorm to attend aviation school (English)
“If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” (Jesse Jackson, 4 March 1979)
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
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Al Bartle says
I really enjoyed this post. Yes, it is good to see students who are so earnest in their pursuit. We all know how it feels to have a student show up with having read the lesson material and completed the questions and homework before the lesson. On top of that, they often have many interesting questions to test our ability to explain some grammar or give them examples to practice. I for one never get tired of teaching such students. The reward is much more than the money earned to teach. It is the smile they give you when they have understood something with your help that really makes it all worth it. Smith’s offers so much more for students who are looking for more than the poster on the train. Great work Alex!