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2016年6月27日(月)

【To Please All!!】   *要点説明あり

Theme:Ian, 家族, 生活

Ian
 
(Contributed by Ian)
 

I come from a background where my parents have always given me the freedom (right from as far as I can remember) to make my own decisions – after discussing with them (of course). When I was about to finish my 10th grade, my parents and relatives started asking me which major subject I would want to take up in college. I told them that I wanted to study Arts as my interest was to be a teacher of English and taking up science did not make sense to me.
 
My choice did not go down well with my folks and they said I should take up sciences as it was the “in” thing. There were lots of opportunities and almost everyone’s child they said they knew (the successful ones of course!!), had taken up sciences. I was not too happy with their argument and was under a lot of pressure. After a few days of stress, I told them that I did not want to take up sciences at all.
 
My father then told me, “Look, you can always shift from Science to Arts in college if you still feel that Arts is what you want to do“-a desperate attempt to convince me, I thought. “But you cannot move from Arts to Science later”. Also, he told me that as I was poor at Math (I truly was), I could choose Biology, Chemistry and Physics and that he will employ a tutor for the subjects I found tough to handle.
 
To make my parents happy, I finally relented, chose Biology as a major and went on to do two successful Masters Programs in Environmental Science. I got the opportunity to pursue one of those two Masters programs in the UK.
 
As an international student in the UK, I was exposed to many cultures of the other students (for which I am so grateful). Being in an English speaking country also rekindled my love of the English language. Years later after doing a few science related projects, I came back to doing what I truly was passionate about- teaching English. Seven years of successful teaching enriched my teaching experience, helped me gain so many friends (students) and has left me with a sense of true satisfaction.
 
Sometimes you can please others and also please yourself.
 
 
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《要点》
 
【家族の皆を喜ばせる】
 

・私の家庭環境では、物心ついたころから両親は何事についても、
 ほぼ私の思い通りにさせてくれました。
・10年生を終えたとき、家族と親戚から大学では何を専攻したいかと聞かれました。
・私は英語教師になりたかったので、自然科学ではなく人文科学と答えました。
 

・しかし、皆の反対にあいました。自然科学を目指すべきと言うのです。
・自然科学には様々な可能性があると言い、子供の様々な成功談を取り上げます。
・父親は、自然科学から人文科学に後に乗り換えることは可能だとか、
 数学が苦手なら生物をやればいい、と提案してきました。
 

・両親を喜ばせるため、最後には折れて、生物を専攻することにし、環境科学を英国などで学びました。
 

・英国では、留学生として、さまざまな文化の学生と接する機会がありました。
・英語を公用語とする国で学ぶことで、私は英語がさらに好きになりました。
・自然科学プロジェクトの実施から数年後、本来の志望であった英語教師の仕事に就きました。
・教職での数年の経験を通じて、多くの友人(学生)と知り合い、非常に満足しています。
 

・両親を喜ばせたことが、巡り巡って自分を喜ばせることとなったのでした。
 

以上の要点はバーチャル英会話教室運営事務局により作成しております。

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