Don't Let Books Die When They Mean So Much

Don't Let Books Die When They Mean So Much

Reading is cool if you let it be!

After high school, many people look forward to the promising fact that they will never have to sit through another English class. For me, I had the opposite feeling. English class was always the place I thrived most in grade school; it was the one class I was never afraid to raise my hand in, offer my opinion in, the class I always did my homework for. It made me sad to think I would never annotate a novel, complete a creative writing assignment, or have a discussion circle ever again. Luckily for me, I decided to attend a liberal arts-focused school and did not have to give these things up! But for all of those students who chose to go to public universities, they will most likely be allowed to forget all of the things I mentioned earlier. In my opinion, that is simply just not right.

For any major, I feel that it is vital for students to have a strong liberal arts background with heavy of emphasis on English and writing techniques. All kinds of professions require their employees to write documents. Whether that is a business plan, a summary and description of symptoms, or a lab report, you still need those basic grammar skills and writing techniques. Getting the opportunity to write for the Odyssey at school is just one of the many ways I have allowed writing and reading to remain a part of my college life.

Ever since I was young and in grade school, I have always loved to read and write. I was the nerd in high school who would offer to write papers for fun, and I wouldn't just half-ass them. No, I poured my entire heart and soul into those papers for other people. I was always passionate about writing and felt that it was something that I could just pour my thoughts into. It is something that comes naturally to me. I am one of those few, strange people who don't cringe every time a paper is assigned in class. This is where the problem starts in my opinion.

Our society has moved from handwritten letters to emails, from newspapers to Twitter feeds. When is the last time you picked up a book to read for fun? And not just some easy beach read, but a real, classic book like No Promises in the Wind, or Jane Eyre? We don't want to challenge our minds, we want information spoon-fed and delivered to us in an email newsletter. It is time for that to change.

Even if you despised Macbeth in high school and cringed every time you opened Lord of the Flies, I challenge you to take at least one English class during your time in college. College is all about getting outside your comfort zone and growing your mind; books will do that, I promise!

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy.” No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher; we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it’s obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgemental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don’t mean that I’m predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn’t easy. It’s very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for awhile and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you’re the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don’t want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it’s about what I learn and the memories that I make; the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

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I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I’d rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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