Raz is such a good guy to be around. He exudes positivity and good humour. Whether we are chatting about sports (big sports fan, that Razmig!), Calculus (who DOESN'T like discussing that?), or KG news, Razmig is always knowledgable, curious, and funny. And he's a good listener too (a rare trait!). When I talk with him, I always have the sense that "he is actually listening to me". He is not planning what he is going to say next or thinking about something else. He is PRESENT (again, a rare trait).
The first time I taught Razmig he was in grade 9 (I think. Is that correct, Raz?) and he was in my PreCalculus 10 class (again, I'm only 90% sure about that. Me and my useless memory...). So he was around 14 years old and in a class with older students. Not surprisingly, he was pretty quiet and unassuming. I actually can't remember too many interactions with him that year.
What a change in the following two years at which time I taught him again (this year in Calculus 12). Now Raz is a confident, enthusiastic, and charismatic guy... and a lot taller! Never realized how MUCH taller than me you were until I saw the photo above, Raz.
One thing that has been constant, however, is Raz's mastery of Mathematics. He was moved ahead in grade 8 (or was it 9?) and he did incredibly well in Calculus (and PreCalculus 12 too, Mr Yee tells me). This is particularly impressive considering he played on the (super demanding and time-consuming) Senior Boys Basketball team (a starter no less!). And on that team, it was clear that Razmig was one of the leaders. This is not surprising, considering his intelligence, motivation, and even temper.
It has been a pleasure to teach you, Razmig. If I had to describe you in a single word it would be: personable. You have the smarts and the personality to be very successful in your future pursuits. So plan accordingly! I'm proud of you for all you have accomplished and the person you are... and I wish you nothing but the best! Love ya, Raz!