Ronald Castillo

“Ilang years ka na po nagtuturo sa AB?”

“Six years.”

“Before ka po mag-decide na maging teacher, mayroon po bang profession na gusto mo po sana maging or kunin?”

“Originally, the plan was to become a lawyer. Then, I realized I was too high blood noong college. I always quarrel with my classmates and even bully them with my expertise of the law. Then I realized [that] whenever I prepare my reviewers, my classmates pass, so I’m going to teach.”

“Sa tingin mo po, tama naman po ‘yung naging desisyon mo na maging teacher?”

“Yes, definitely! I know I made the right decision. [I] realized, I’m doing what I love; I’m happy with what I love. I’m also achieving what I am achieving right now, and I’m happy with the love of my students. You can’t exchange that with the practice of law.”

“Ano po yung lesson na wala sa textbooks, sa readings at sa lectures na gusto mo pong tumatak sa isipan ng mga students mo?”

“[T]here is life outside the classroom. When we say life outside the classroom, interact with your peers in AB; interact with your peers in UST. Do not just interact with them in the way that happened recently with one of our brothers here in AB. [Y]ou need to find friends.”

– Ronald Castillo, Instructor, Department of Political Science


This interview is part of Faces of Dapitan Special: Anecdotes from the Academics done by Flame staffers in line with the celebration of National Teachers’ Month.

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