There is that one teacher who will leave a mark in you as a person; that one remarkable educator who will make you appreciate whatever career path you chose; that one unforgettable professor who will push you to do better than what you think you can. Unfortunately for me, that one brilliant man has passed away just a few days ago and I’ve only heard of the most heartbreaking news last night- one of the saddest nights of my entire life.
Lucky for Mitch Albom, he got to spend the last remaining Tuesdays of Morrie’s life with him. I will never get to have any day with my beloved professor, so I’m crying and grieving for purely selfish reasons because I could not even remember if I properly thanked him for every inspiring and uplifting word he said to me, for every approving and encouraging smile and nod at my ideas as if to say “keep going, you’re on the right track.” That silent thought has become my mantra. I’m not sure if he knew that he had always been my idol, my motivator and that he was the best teacher I ever had but I pray from the bottom of my heart that he knew.
So I’m encouraging everyone who is reading this to think about that person in your life, that person who had a huge contribution to who you have become. Thank them. Tell them what they mean to you while you still can, while you still have the chance. We keep putting off something for tomorrow because we think there will always be tomorrow when the only certain chance we get is NOW.
Professor Fulgencio (Gem) Soriano, my mentor, my adviser, my friend, also my second father -his memories will stay forever in my heart.