In this post, I want to express how I feel during this time of the year. Usually my year will end with my graduating students finishing their exams, and some of them will continue with JC while others go to polytechnic. I'm always kind of emo when they left. It's like you've interacted with them, known their pain and happiness and was together with them as they go through their toughest period in their student life. And then the national exams come, and soon they'll be gone.
It's always interesting teaching my 'old' students because for some of them, I've taught them at least 3-6 years. I always end up wondering what happens if the following year, there's no more 'such' students. But as I look back and reflect when the year ends, I'm glad to say that there's always a few interesting students who brighten up my work and make some of the longest days more bearable. It could be the things that happened in their life that they kindly shared with me, or it could be their quirks that I can joke about and jab them (or they to me). Either way, it's the familiarity and the relationship built up over the years mugging and learning together.
When this current batch of graduating student leave, as always, I'll wonder if next year I'll get another batch of students as interesting as this current batch.
I really hope the answer is always a resounding YES.