Every sane person knows that connections are important. They help us find other friends. They assist in finding opportunities for work and business. They help assure us of another person’s character, their integrity. Connections—from the most intimate, when it comes to family members, to the less familiar, when it comes to business connections—comprise a major portion of our lives.
Connections empower us to transfer what we can do, what we know, who we are, to another group, another community, another market. Without connections, all the good work in the world will go for naught. Connections allow us to utilize our efforts for the benefit of our families and for other people in a valuable way. It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of having a network across which you can transport the valuable things you can do to the people who like or need the skills you possess.
We make connections many ways. Some of us are born into a large network of connections: I have over two dozen first cousins. I was born into a large network of friendly people. Sometimes, we work our way into a network: I love meeting new people, and as a result, I have made many friends who have helped me immensely.
Connections also give meaning to our lives. Think about the people you love and value the most. Your connection to them is strong; you identify with them in some form or fashion, and you feel like they understand you and they “get” you. They know you down to your bones, and they love you for who you are. This type of connection gives meaning to life. Without these significant connections, our lives are less than they could be.
One major reason I work with ESLi is that the connections I have made there, and the connections that I see students making, are important to our lives. I have seen a student from China bond with a student from northern Iraq and form a connection that made them best friends. I have found some of my best friends in my life as a teacher at ESLi. We remain more like a family than a company.
One of the great things about this aspect of ESLi is that we want to change the world for the better by connecting one student at a time to the schools we know and love, and by connecting them to that school, that community, we hope to improve both the community and the student. We hope that by introducing them to each other, we can connect a good person to a good community and that wonderful things will happen.
Our history shows the wisdom of this approach. We have alumni in dozens of countries, and they overwhelmingly support our methods and our schools. When you come to ESLi, you are not just a number. You are a person. You are a face.
Life can be uncertain, impersonal, and disconnected. One thing we do well here is that we do everything we can to facilitate making connections between you and other people.
Bio: Jack Cobb is the Senior Recruitment Manager of ESLi. He has taught English in Cambridgeshire, England, where he also coached basketball; he has taught ESL at the Changwon National University of Changwon, South Korea; University of Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea; he also taught English and coached basketball in Florida, USA. He is a published poet, essayist, and fiction writer of over 30 works in 28 different publications. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and Murray State University. His Twitter handle is martinbluther, and his next novel, Sam, is underway.