I guess I only taught Vivek a single time: Principals of Math 11 (now PreCalculus 11). This is rather hard to believe as I have so many fond memories of this guy. I think the thing I will remember most about Vivek is how well mannered he is. Every time I helped him (even if it was for a mere moment) he was sure to thank me warmly. He always arrived to class with a smile on his face and exuding enthusiasm (and, yes, probably he was "faking" it a few of those days but you know what... even "faking" it is preferable than having someone show up a big grump!!).
I remember whenever I returned tests Vivek always wanted to completely understand his mistakes (not that he had many to worry about)! This is a sign of a student who has his / her priorities straight. Yes, getting good marks is important. But I always had the impression that Vivek recognized the value of the actual LEARNING as well.
So what is this excellent student up to these days? In his words:
"Im up at SFU in my third year of Mechatronic Systems Engineering. Basically a degree combining mechanical, electronic and elements of software engineering. Currently, I'm on my one year internship gaining hands on experience in the InfoTech field.
Ive been travelling my fair share too. I ended up visiting the UK, Dubai and Oman last year and Im hoping on doing more of that after my internship again.
Career wise I think I have a ways to go. I would like to gain some experience working with a few software/electronic companies and finally work for myself. Im not a fan of working 40-60 hours a week for someone else. I also might go for a Masters in Business after my undergrad."
Wow! Nice plan VV! And I will definitely take you up on your offer to fly me up to some remote hiking trails (Vivek is getting his private pilot's license). By the way, notice how many of these amazing grads who I've made Student of the Week have raved about their travel experiences? Take note! Travelling when you are 15 - 25 years old (and older too) is one of the most rewarding (and educational!) things you can do!
Thanks, Vivek, for always being such a polite, personable, and committed student. With your great work ethic and natural ability I know that you will be a great success! But I'm proud of you already!