Yna is our Most Valuable Tutor for the month of July. Aside from her reverence for the company sleeping lounge, she also talks about how her job helps her appreciate every person’s uniqueness, her secret to giving a More Than Tsada lesson, and what she thinks is the sexiest part of her body in this feature.
Yna on being a CBT
What made you want to be a CBT?
My passion for learning. We all know that when you teach, you learn. At first I thought that even though I don’t like teaching that much, I could still learn a lot of things from this job. But as I got to know the culture that my students have, I was able to contemplate on teaching as my passion. Now I’m very glad that being a CBT makes my passion for learning and teaching indispensable.
What’s one thing you always do to ensure a More than Tsada lesson?
To make the lesson More than Tsada in my own way, I always make my students feel comfortable from the beginning to the end of the lesson. Comfortable in a way that they can say and explain what’s on their mind with ease. I also bring out my friendly and enthusiastic side when teaching. It helps students experience an interactive discussion if I do it that way.
Being a CBT and having Japanese students helped me embrace the fact that we are all unique individuals, and we have to respect everyone to coexist in this astounding world.
Can you share one instance when you were able to develop a meaningful connection with your student despite the cultural difference?
One of my students is a retired Japanese language teacher. We had a lesson that discussed purikura, which is a photo sticker booth in Japan. He explained to me how to use it and all the things you can do with it. On our next lesson, to my surprise, he showed me a purikura picture of his daughter and her friends. It was so cute! I felt so glad with his gesture. We also had a lesson about money. He prepared Japanese yen bills beforehand and presented them to me one by one. I got excited, so I introduced him to the colorful Philippine peso bills. (Thankfully, I had cash in my wallet that time, haha!). Until now, we reserve a part in our lesson where we can exchange information about our cultures. It’s very amazing and interesting, and a great, overwhelming experience for me.
Is there any advice you’d give your younger self who is about to conduct her first lesson in Envizion?
You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great. So, hakuna matata!
What’s the most rewarding thing about your job?
I get to have a lot of free time to sleep at work. Haha! I love it so much! Actually, apart from my work station, my favorite place is the office sleeping lounge. But seriously, as a CBT, I’ve become more open-minded. I believe that being a CBT and having Japanese students helped me embrace the fact that we are all unique individuals, and we have to respect everyone to coexist in this astounding world.
Any tips for those who want to become CBTs or those who are still starting out in this career?
Work hard, give your best, dream big, focus, love what you, stay humble, and SMILE.
Yna on life
How do you unwind after a day at work?
I should say staying at home, but home is not a place for me – it’s a person. So, I guess it’s best to say, “Chilling out with my husband.”
Any hobbies/interests/hidden talents?
I can’t think of anything special. Hahaha! For hobbies, I guess watching anime and, of course, sleeping. For hidden talents, they’re all still hiding.
What’s the sexiest part of your body?
My lips. It carries my smile, which is my sexiest curve.
Do you have any weird traits or fears?
I have a weird fear of knives. I’m not literally afraid of them, just of using them. Whenever I slice something, I always end up accidentally cutting myself. Sometimes I cut my fingers. One time the knife fell and injured my toes. That’s why I don’t usually involve myself in the kitchen.
If a genie could grant you three wishes, what would you wish for?
Youthfulness, a trip around the world, and unlimited Chuckie!
I’m very glad that being a CBT makes my passion for learning and teaching indispensable.