“I’m the victim of university’s system. I used to teach Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC). The dean asked me to continue my master degree. So I did. By the end of my thesis submission, they told me no more left for IMC class because they had cut the class quota for new regulation adjustment. Only permanent lecturers are selected. I wasn’t. So I’m unemployed.”
“Oh really? How can they discharge a great teacher like you,” I got a bit disappointed hearing this news.
My ex-lecturer looked up a bit,”Wohoo, thank you for being the first one to mention that. May I know why? I like to hear compliment.”
“Sure! Everyone loves to hear compliment.” I took not-a-deep-breath before continuing, ” You are the only conventional lecture in this modern world, teaching by speaking, don’t use Powerpoint because you want every student to listen and make their own summary based on their understanding while they’re focus on listening. Which is great. It helps me to practice on paying attention. These days when I’m working, I need to pay high attention to my Client. They will speak, sometimes very long and without pause, and being able to summarize their sentence is one of the skills I got from your class. “
My lecture smile widely.
“I haven’t finished yet. Do you remember the day when you asked me and all the students to do presentation and require us to wear blazer as well? And every one in the classroom looks you with a hateful glance? Even some are cursing on your expensive requirement? Including me? Hahaha”
“Sure! Hahaha Let me guess, you want to thank me? You’re welcome. “
“Hahahha how can you know?”
“You are not the first student thanking me. I know a day like this will happen. I know someday all of you will thank me. So yeah, my most welcome.”
“Yes, thank you for it, Sir. I was forced to buy it and I need to wear it like almost everyday, while having interview, while meeting Clients, even when I’m having internal meeting. Thanks to you that I bought it years before.”
“Lucky you don’t buy that expensive blazer with your own money, but with your parents’ money ya. hahaha I have predicted it too.”
“Aha! Hahahaha so that’s why back then you asked us to buy it ya. A very good yet precise decision. Many thanks, Mr. Lecturer.”
“Okay, now since you have known the benefit and thanking me, I think a thank-you isn’t complete yet without a cup of hot chocolate? I think blazer is much more expensive than a thank-you-hot-chocolate? hahaha”