MVT Spotlight: Karina Caballero

Karina Caballero

Our first MVT for 2020 is a fierce and fabulous woman. Like her favorite milk chocolate, Karina Caballero describes herself as “simple with a twist.” She believes in working hard, enjoys sharing any milestone her students accomplish, and loves a good adventure. Let’s get to know her more in this feature.

Karina on being a CBT

[An MVT] is someone who laughs, frowns, cries, agrees, and sympathizes with their students. Someone who has been giving their very best since Day 1. We are all real MVT’s with or without the banner, the certificate, or the token.

What do you enjoy most about working in Envizion?
I love hearing my students’ stories, may it (be) big or not. Whether it’s how their day went, they got a high score on a test, they got a promotion or even very random things like getting a new tea set etc. It makes me feel somewhat connected to them, though we only see each other on cam. It’s such a rewarding feeling knowing that they are willing to share these humble milestones with me, their tutor from afar.

What was your most memorable moment as a CBT?
One thing that I would never forget was when I had the chance to have a heart to heart talk with our former CEO, Yasushi Nishijo. I was then a fresh employee, barely known, innocent and still getting over my tutor anxieties. It was surreal,  being able to have an alone time with the company’s CEO, which by the way does not really happen in most companies here in the Philippines. Though I was a nobody, Yasu-san made me feel like I mattered and that, regardless of my position, my opinions and comments were heard. That was the time I told myself this company is special.

What positive effects does being a CBT have on your life?
Being a CBT actually changed my views in life. Being exposed to different cultures, beliefs and practices have helped me expand my understanding on certain things. It made me become a better listener, a patient educator and also being able to adapt to whatever situation I’m in.

Share a tutor hugot.
Students may come and go, but the loyal ones will always find their way back to you.  

What advice can you give to new CBTs or aspiring applicants?
Work hard when you’re being watched and work even harder when you’re not. Believe in yourself, the world is a cruel place and no one is going to babysit you. So, push! Breathe deep and just tell yourself, “I’m gonna wing it!”

What makes a tutor an MVT?
An MVT is someone who puts their students first. Someone who would always go the extra mile in order to provide More Than Tsada lessons. Someone who laughs, frowns, cries, agrees, and sympathizes with their students. Someone who has been giving their very best since Day 1. And if I am being honest, ALL OF US did these. We, the Envizion tutors, are all real MVT’s with or without the banner, the certificate or the token. Our unsung heroes, our tutors.

Karina on life

If you could live in a book, TV show, or movie, what would it be and why?
I would love to live in Totoro’s world. Having a neighbor as wonderful and as fluffy as Totoro would be awesome. Also, one thing I learned from the movie is that when someone is going through something, sometimes we don’t need to say anything to comfort them, simply being there is enough.

Who is your role model? Why?
I don’t have a specific one, but I do look up to women who are powerful. Women who do not let society define them and tell them what to do. Women who get things done. Women who, despite the hardships, continue to soar and break barriers. Those are my type of role models.

If you weren’t a CBT now, what would you be doing?
I would’ve been a cabin crew taking care of passengers and making sure they are enjoying their trips.

Since it’s love month, describe your ideal Valentine’s date.
My ideal Valentine’s date would be eating at a fancy restaurant with a full course meal and wine. I know it sounds expensive but I think it’s okay to splurge on yourself every once in a while, especially when you’ve been working really hard. It’s a well deserved treat. 

If you could be any kind of chocolate, what would you be and why?
I would be a milk chocolate. Not only is it my favorite but it is also simple with a twist. It kind of resembles my personality, I’m simple with a hint of crazy. 

What do you usually do in your free time?
Whenever time and budget permits, I go hiking. I love the adventure and the muscle pain that comes with it. It is also a good outlet to relieve your stress and just be able to meditate and prep yourself for the months to come.

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