Our December MVT is Cyra Fe De La Cruz. This determined dancer and aspiring choreographer talks about what makes a long day at work worthwhile. She also shares her love for her family and her ideal Valentine’s date with us.
Cyra on being a CBT
Describe yourself as a tutor in 3 words. Why?
Childlike, friendly, and serious. Most of my students are kids and adults, so as a tutor, I need to be flexible in order for me to adjust or mirror my students. This is especially with the adults, since most of them are in the business field. I should know how and when to compose myself. Although I do admit that sometimes, it’s a bit hard to change from being childlike or friendly to serious. Haha! But I am thankful and proud of myself because I can adjust.
Share a tutor hugot.
My love life is like the internet connection. Sometimes it’s lagging, connecting, or no connection at all.
What makes working in Envizion worthwhile?
I have been working in this company for almost three years now. For me, what makes working in Envizion worthwhile is that no matter how busy the people are, no matter how bad our day is, some of my colleagues are always ready to make us smile or even laugh (like out loud!) with their memes or hugots. Their goofiness is what keeps us going and makes stress go away.
What was your most memorable moment as a CBT?
I really can’t think of a memorable moment because for me, everyday is a memorable moment. Everyday, my students are not just the ones who learn something, but I also learn things from them and from myself too. And what makes it more special is some of my students leave messages after our lesson saying that they learned a lot, had fun and want to take my class again. This kind of gesture inspires me to be and do more as a tutor.
What advice can you give to new tutors?
Just be yourself and enjoy every lesson you will have with your student. You may have your bad days and good days but being positive most of the time will have a good result in your lessons. Also, be open to criticism or comments. Some students may not give you a good comment but don’t let it bring you down. Instead, make it a stepping stone for you to become better in order for you to provide a high quality lesson.
Cyra on life
What was your childhood nickname? What is the story behind it?
Oh my! This question made me laugh. My childhood nickname is Baki, which is Visayan for frog. My mother gave me this nickname actually and she still calls me Baki now. When I was a little girl, I used to go out a lot and visit my friends’ house (from one house to another) even when it’s raining. I talked a lot and loved making weird sounds loudly at home or on the street with my friends at night.
If you weren’t a CBT now, what would you be doing?
I would be studying more about choreography. I like dancing; it is my passion. Since then, I’ve been dreaming of becoming a successful choreographer.
What do you usually do in your free time?
One of my love languages is time. I usually hang out with my nieces and nephews, go on a road trip with my family, or go on a food trip with my friends on the weekends. I have quite a busy schedule every week but I always find time for them. I am at my happiest and I feel more relaxed when I am with my loved ones.
What would you change about yourself if you could?
If there is something I want to change about myself, that would be being an importunate. And to be honest, I am still in the process of avoiding it. People might not admit or say anything but I know some of them are already annoyed with me being that way. Haha! I can’t even remember when I started being one. I think 2006 or 2007, when I already started working.
Since it’s almost February, describe your perfect Valentine’s Day date.
A perfect Valentine’s Day date for me is having a date with my mom. We normally go on a date on Valentine’s Day; we watch movies and eat in a restaurant. But if I have to describe my preference when it comes to a date, I would love to have it on a beach with candle-lit dinner and fly lanterns after, or have a romantic dinner in a scenic place/restaurant.