10 Reasons Why I Want to Be a Teacher

10 Reasons Why I Want to Be a Teacher

To all those that ask, "why would you ever want to be a teacher?"
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As an education major you constantly hear the same comments from your peers over and over such as,“Wow I could NEVER do that,” “You realize you won’t make that much money,” and “So why do you want to be a teacher exactly?” For some reason the field of education is looked down upon by many. To the outside world teaching seems like such a essay job, and they think that's exactly why all us future teachers are majoring in education. However they may not realize that we want to be a teacher for many more meaningful reasons. So I will share with you a few of the main reasons many people, including myself want to become a teacher.

1. I Know that everyday I will be making an impact on someone's life


In how many other fields of work can you say that? As a teacher you know that everyday you are helping to mold and shape your students lives in some small way. You are constantly helping to broaden their minds, so that they can think in new ways. Its rewarding to know that you are helping others constantly.2.Working with kids is amazing!

Personally I think working with kids is much better than working with adults. Kids do not have a filter as we adults do. Kids are open to speaking their minds, being silly, and make the work day so much more interesting.

3. There is never a dull moment.

At the end of the day you know that you will always come home with some funny story to tell about your students. Sure sometimes students act out and can be exasperating, but no two days in the classroom are exactly alike. I know that I will never have to worry about getting bored with my profession.

4. I would much rather be surrounded by construction paper and story books than cubicles.


As a teacher there is so much room for creativity. You are constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to present lessons and making sure that learning is fun for your students. We get to build a classroom all our own, make bulletin boards, and so much more. I’m sure to most people it looks like we are just playing arts and crafts. I would never want to trade that for the mundane office setting.


5. Children are the future.


Someday these tiny human that are in your class will be all grown up. As a teacher you have the ability to help them learn skills and ways of thinking that will be needed when they are out there in the adult world. Someday these will be the people running the country!

6. Because I never want to stop learning.



I love to learn, and I don’t want a day to go by where I don’t learn something new. What better way to continue to learn than to become an educator. I will constantly be learning from my fellow teachers and even my students!

7. Watching students have that “lightbulb” moment makes everything worthwhile.


There is nothing better than watching a student's expression as they get an answer right, or when a concept finally makes clicks in their mind. In that moment all the time and effort you put in as a teacher is worth it. Students are amazed that they can do something all on their own now, and you are just happy to know that you were apart of that.

8. You become a very patient and understanding person.


Being a teacher and working with kids makes you become one of the most patient people. You come to understand that everyone has their own differences and develops at their own rate. This is something that I can apply not only in the classroom, but to life in general.


9. Working with kids brings out the child in me.


This doesn't mean that in the classroom I act like a child, rather that being around them brings back that childlike mindset. The simplest things make them happy, like coloring or recess. Being around them reminds me that I shouldn’t always take everything so seriously, and that I too should stop and take a moment to enjoy the simple things in life.


10. I could never imagine doing anything else with my life.


I honestly couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life doing anything else. Sure I will have to spend hours making lesson plans, be up at the crack of dawn to get to school on time, and deal with a cranky kid or two but I know that my job is going to be very rewarding. I get to show others how much fun learning can be, and that sounds like the most amazing job out there to me!







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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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I Gave Up My Lifelong Dream, But This Is Where It Led Me

Dreams do come true, but sometimes they're disguised when you see them in the light.

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I come to you as a rising junior in college, and as a much more complacent student than I once was.

When I started my freshman year of college, I was attending a private university in a small town. Going into this new chapter of my life, I really wasn't sure of what I should study. I had a lot in mind but didn't think it through very clearly. In the end, because my family works in this industry, I chose Business Administration as my major. I also did (and still do) love Psychology so I made that my minor.

Though these decisions weren't set in stone and I was fresh out of high school, I had a career in mind that I've been wanting to pursue since my elementary school years. That career was a veterinarian.

I have the strongest passion for animals, and any one of my friends or family can vouch for me. I fall in love with dogs, cats and small animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, etc. I've owned dogs since I was about 3 years old and have grown up alongside animals for my entire life. There's obviously a part of me that wants to do something with animals very much. Preferably helping them to stay healthy and live their best lives.

I decided after switching my major twice already that I was going to finally pursue this passion I had gleaming inside of me. Switching over to Biology, I began my journey.

Ready to study my butt off and do my best work, I dove right into my sophomore year of college at a new university, and with completely new faces and a new environment. Early on though, I began to notice that I was struggling. Nothing out of the ordinary, these classes were science courses and I had never had a strength for science or math.

But the struggling overcame me, and I decided that I'd need to really study and quiz myself for these exams if I wanted to even pass the classes. Once again, nothing new, I just figured that I needed to really buckle down.

As I continued to go about my studies, my science classes were getting more and more difficult for me to keep my head above water in. I was also (and still am) working a part-time job, so that also limited my time in the evenings to study.

Eventually, I made the decision that I couldn't continue to study biology. The major was becoming too difficult for me very early on, and if that was how the entire rest of my college years were going to be, there wasn't any reason for me to continue to pay for classes that I wasn't going to pass.

Giving up my dream of becoming a veterinarian shattered my heart. I had little to no idea what I was going to change my major to, nor did I know what it is that I'm even good at or what department I strive in the most. And then it hit me.

It kind of hit me like a wall. All throughout my schooling years, I had blatantly ignored how talented I am at writing. It's where all of my strength lies. I have a way with words and poetry and was starting to see the picture more lively. I'd chosen to study Journalism.

Although this was not ultimately my first choice, I've thought about it and stuck with the decision for some time now; but in the end, I decided that this is what I was destined to do with myself. Writing, editing, rhetoric and proper spelling and grammar are what revolve around me. Becoming a writer or chief editor for a popular newspaper or magazine is what my new career goal is, and I can't wait to put it into play this fall.

There still is and will always be resentment toward giving up what I've dreamt of doing. But luckily for me, there are things that I can do where I can still be interacting with animals and smiling as much as I still do being around them.

Next to studying and working part-time, I've decided that with the free time that I have, I'm going to volunteer my time at a local animal shelter, helping to find animals homes before being euthanized (primarily, instead of being euthanized). I have pets at home to take care of which I find great joy in doing as well.

Even though I can't become a veterinarian, I can still do what I love. And because of my drastic decisions that I've made, I am where I am today. A happy college student who is overly excited about studying while still following a passion.

Here's to the future.

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