Only few days away from the Teachers’ Day, many TCU classes are celebrating respectively. About hundred students from the School of Medicine and the School of Post-Baccalaureate Chinese Medicine, together with instructors from the Department of Anatomy, celebrated the 2015 Teachers’ Day for silent mentors. Anatomy is a key subject for third year medical students, averaging 20 hours of class per week. The students served tea to the twelve silent mentors and performed for the eight anatomy instructors.
Pouring tea and arranging flowers, the post-baccalaureate students were occupied with the preparation of the ceremony. Student Wang Ju-Chun, a freshman, was a university chemistry teacher. Now retired, he resumed his study. He rarely attended any Teachers’ Day celebration, Ju said, since it is no longer a common practice in universities nowadays. However, to become a student, attending classes with classmates and preparing presents for silent mentors was an utterly new experience for Wang. “These silent mentors are admirable. They are willing to donate their cadavers, a major decision for them and their families.” Wang said.
The students began phoning the families of the silent mentors in preparing for the activity, inquiring the preferences of the mentors, and accommodate these preferences accordingly. For example, they changed the beverage from tea to coffee for the mentors who loved coffee. By utilizing the break at noon, the students served tea to all the silent mentors and pray for their selfless giving. Anatomy was the course that occupied most of their curriculum, said Tsai Cheng-Hsun from the School of Medicine, so he would like to demonstrate his appreciation through the Teachers’ Day celebration.
There are twelve silent mentors for the 2015 academic year: Cheng Ta-Chuan, Lin Hui-Ju, Kou Kuang, Wang Shu-Chen, Tseng Tian-Lu, Tsao Wen-Hui, Li Yu, Yang Yu-Ying, Fan Yang-Wang, Kuo-Li-Feng, Chen Shan-Chi, and Huang Hsiu-Chu. Each of them carried an inspiring life story.
The students had arranged, in addition to serving tea, splendid performances as an appreciation to the dedication of the anatomy instructors. These performances included the classic “Canon” and the pop music “I am your flower”
Text/Photo: Lee Chia-Yi
Translated by: Fang Kai-Ping