later In my office at Valley Head High school, you would find several items. These item include the typical office items like a computer, printer, file cabinets, and several stacks of papers. However, against the back wall in my office stands a Fender acoustic guitar. This guitar has been with me since my days in college when I bought it from one of my friends. In college it served a different purpose from what it does today. The purpose that it serves today is of greater value than I would ever realize.
In the course of a day, I will meet with students, administrators, college recruiters, and teachers. One of my favorite parts of my job is to listen, and help others. This guitar allows for not only the students who I am there to help, but also the faculty which I work with. Less than two weeks ago at the end of the day, I had a co-worker come in my office, sit down, and picked up the guitar and began to play. This not only allowed for good conversation, but also later brought a student by my office. With this relaxed environment I had a discussion with a student about college. One which asked about music production. A student who without hearing a teacher play would have walked on by and went home. We discussed where he could possibly go to college for this major, and how he could apply. This lead to the student then talking to a college recruiter, a few days later of course, and begin the process to apply.
This teacher never will realize the impact they had on the student, just by strumming a few chords. While I enjoy the conversation, it is important to remember that I always have to approach on their interest, not mine. I had discussed college and career with the students often. Some students are proactive. Others, however, will sit quietly and never share their interest. In They Andy Griffith Show, music played a large part. In a particular episode when Andy visits the Darlings, Briscoe Darling tells Andy that "If you have time to breath, you have time for music." Clip of Course is below (Thanks YouTube).
All this being said, I want to thank that teacher! He did not realize how just by simply sitting and strumming, he opened the door for me to help this student. I am blessed to work at Valley Head where I have found the faculty will go the extra mile to help the students. Even if at times they do not realize the impact they are having.