How Much Freedom Do We Actually Have?

How Much Freedom Do We Actually Have?

Lying in a job interview, aiming to be more selfish in 2019 and being fed up with exams

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Whenever I am tired I am very blunt and sincere, to the extent that I come off as rude sometimes. A couple of weeks ago I was in a job interview early in the morning, and the interviewer asked me what my dream was. This being in the middle of the finals season of a very tiring semester, my first thought was not this.

Although I do like studying and reading and find both of my majors extremely interesting, I am not a fan of being pressured. I don't care for the argument that pressure makes you work to the best of your abilities, or that it is a part of life. I don't like being pressured, and during that interview, I realized that my dream was to not be pressured to do anything ever. I want to live a relaxed life: I want to sleep eight hours every night, read books without worrying about memorizing their details for an exam, have time to exercise every day, have time to really talk to my friends and family, simply to have time to do things at my own pace.

Of course, I didn't say this to my interviewer but opted instead to give him a polished and made up answer about how the job I was applying for would help me advance my career and make the world a better place in the process. After the interview though, I kept thinking about why I changed my answer. My conclusion was that my dream made me seem lazy and not particularly driven. Isn't it absurd though, that to want to do things at your own pace makes you seem lazy? That to want time for yourself during such a short life as we have, is seen by many as selfish or the result of lack of motivation?

Up until now, college has been the time in my life in which I got to choose the most aspects of how I live, and I have found this freedom addicting. Isn't it crazy that I find it a privilege to be able to choose the time of my classes and consequently my meals and bedtime?

Another facet of my made-up answer was my desire to make the world a better place. It's not that I don't want to contribute to global progress because I do, but is it so wrong that this isn't my dream? Isn't my dream supposed to be about me? I think that nowadays many people see doing things for yourself, even the smallest things, as selfish. If it is selfish to take time for yourself, to choose to stay a night in watching your favorite T.V. shows instead of going out, or choosing to stop being close to someone that brings you down, I think we should all be selfish. If taking care of myself is selfish, then my goal for 2019 is to be as selfish as possible!

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

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

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

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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