The first time I meet a new set of teenagers in class, I am always fascinated. A group of them are so enthusiastic and ready to take on the world! I love this group. They are eager to learn, nod their heads whenever I tell them something, and listen to everything taught to them. Another group stares blankly at me, laughs at all the wrong places, wonders why they are here, and blames their parents for joining them in a course which they have absolutely no interest in! It’s a daunting task to make them concentrate and I have to work diligently on it. The capabilities of teenagers are enormous. They can pretend to look at you while their hands are underneath the desk flawlessly typing a text message! Sometimes, I repeat a point ten times over but I can’t get their concentration but a flash from their cell phone and all their concentration is immediately captured! They can stay up late in the night stating free and fast WiFi, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning and in class they have an expression of a ghost prying their eyes open! And teenage girls have a bond thicker than any covalent bond with their friends! One small thing like speaking to someone else for 11 seconds can trigger a fight that can go on for days sometimes ending in tears and not speaking with each other for months. And when this happens, all concentration on chemistry is gone! Boys have their own way of physically fighting it out! And some parents tell me that their son gives a missed call and when they call back he says, “Send money” and hangs up! And when I ask them to do an activity in class, their hands and legs are tied up but the videos of them in the hostel are proof that they are dancing their way through the corridors! And when I try to sit with them separately and teach them something, the catch me off-guard and remark, “You know what ma’am, I’m in a relationship!” It has taken me years of practice to deal with all these mind wanderings! But in all of this, there are moments when I’m able to spot the innocence in them. And no matter what they do, when I look at them in the eye and tell them, “You are just a child. I am like your mother”, even the toughest of guys’ calm down. Somehow, it works! It is fun teaching them as we go through many ups and downs and at the end of the day it’s a job that I love and I would never trade it for anything in the world.