There are many things in my life that I would rather have not gone through….the difficult choices, the tough times to get where i am. But then, I meet students that are just beginning their journey to their dreams, and I realize that what I have learned may help them along their way. I get to share my experience, good and bad, and it offers them a hand on their path. I can tell them to watch out for that hole, but swim that stream. You’ll get wet but it will cool you off and refresh your spirit. Maybe that is the essence of teaching. Not just to convey the subject matter, but to share the experience of life. Not just the nuts and bolts, but the building of a soul. To wrap up your experience and hand it to another.