One time, I felt respected by my teacher. I felt respected because he helped me when I needed or wanted help with something, so when the opportunity came to do something as simple as putting his drive shaft in his truck, it seemed like the least I could do to pay him back. Doing work for him in return for the things he has done for me makes me feel more respected, and it’s going to make him want to help me again. For example, recently I had brought my snowmobile to the school so he could help me with a couple things I needed to do to it. He stood there and gave me step-by-step directions.

As you might have guessed from above, I’m talking about my  mechanics and welding teacher. His classroom is different than the traditional classroom. When I’m older and out of college, I plan on being both a mechanic and a welder. His continual support has been very helpful in making me feel like I can be successful in life.

The thing is, you won’t succeed if you don’t get help or make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes and need help at some point in time. My mechanics and welding teacher has pointed me in the direction of success in the career field I want to be in.

—White Mountains Regional High School