The Beginning: 2014

I ran into some photographs of our first year, and this brought back so many memories. I remember back then, most of us were in 6th grade. We are a team of 5 people, with ambitions to make a change. Who would had thought that we'd make it so far today? Back then we don't even have a name nor a curriculum. I remember when I first met those kids. The friendship we had between each other was very unique. They are more than our student and we are more than their teachers. To me personally, connecting with them is so much easier when I was young. Today, 5 years later, I am becoming more and more like a 'teacher', yet I yearn for the friendship we had before. The girl who is above me making the bunny ears, she is no longer in middle school anymore, and she had moved to a place out of this village to study. The little girl in the picture below that is wearing pink hairband and white vest is almost as tall as I am and will be entering high school soon. Every year when we go back, I notice that they will grow a little more than before, but what I don't realize is that every year when we go back, in their eyes, we are also growing. It is a pleasure to grow with them, to teach them and to learn from them.

Alkaid 2018, our 5 year anniversary. I can't believe that this is our fifth year. This is such a cliche feeling but I sincerely felt like the picture was taken yesterday. I can't wait to go back and meet them again. I can't wait to show them this picture.

January 2018. Six months till September, six months till summer! Alkaid fighting!

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