There are some days when you just feel like you've done something worthwhile.
So some context: each year as seniors apply to private schools they are required to have a recommendation letter from their guidance counselor; the guidance counselors ask them to answer a few questions and fill out some paperwork; the below snippet is from one of my current seniors - I don't know who as the counselor didn't tell me, I was just emailed this little section below
Mr. Smith has been one of my teachers for the past four years, and throughout these years he has helped me grow and develop into the person I am today. The first year I had him I was just a small little Freshman who did not believe in herself and did not see her own value, but Smith saw my potential and he has been helping me reach it. He supported me and encouraged me, and even when my competitiveness got in the way and all I saw was everyone else's work which looked better than mine, he helped me see that I was talented too. He has helped me learn not to compare myself to others, but to see how much I have improved based on my own work. Plus, being in art for four years, he has taught me to see creativity in the world, and how to see art everywhere, be it a leaf on the ground or a collage of random magazines. Art is also a topic that requires a lot of patience, dedication, and focus. Great art does not simply happen overnight, it takes time and a lot of hard work, and Mr. Smith has helped me develop those skills. Those are also skills that can be applied everywhere in life, like solving difficult problems and dealing with people. Mr. Smith has become a teacher I can rely on, someone who I know will always listen, and always try to help. I cannot imagine my high school career without his influence.
It's been a tough past two years, so to hear that there has continued to be some goodness come out of it is a nice way to begin the day.
Thank you to the counselor who shared this and thank you to whichever student it was that wrote it!