By Sarah Wright
Why Go Visit Your Teachers?
While you're back at home for winter break, you're probably going to have plenty of commitments to visit family and friends. But if you have any down time that you'd like to do something interesting with, why not go visit a favorite teacher from high school? Sure, they're no longer your teachers, but that doesn't mean that they no longer have an impact on you. Here are some of the best reasons to go back and visit the educators who made a difference in your life.
To Say 'Thank You'
Teaching can be a difficult and thankless profession. Professionals in this field often feel very passionate about their work, and are happy to have the opportunity to share their love for learning with young people. But even the most enthusiastic teacher is going to feel discouraged from time to time. Plenty of students out there just don't want to be reached, and some of them make it their goal to make a teacher's life as difficult as possible.
Going back to visit a favorite teacher, to thank them for what they've done for you and to show them how well their guidance has served you is something that can be invaluable to a teacher who truly cares about his or her job. If you're too shy to directly say thank you, your visit alone will probably get the point across.
To Get Advice
If you had a teacher who always gave you good guidance while you were a high school student, they might have some worthy suggestions for you now that you're in college and thinking about a career. This is especially true if you're thinking about becoming a teacher yourself. But you don't have to be on the same career path as a well-educated adult to benefit from their knowledge and experience. If you're feeling a little lost in college, talking to a trusted old teacher about it can prove to be quite worthwhile.
To Reflect on How Far You've Come
Going back to visit old teachers will likely bring back some memories about who you were when you were younger. This can be an uncomfortable experience, but it can also be rewarding. Even if you're in your first year of college and haven't been away from high school for a full year, you have probably made a lot of big changes in your life during that time. Visiting someone who was once a big presence in your life will help you reflect on the changes you've made.
Visiting old teachers might help remind you to treat your professors with respect.