A Letter To People Who Think My Major Is Easy

A Letter To People Who Think My Major Is Easy

My degree doesn't mean less just because I didn't take O Chem
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Dear Reader,

I'm majoring in Early Childhood Education, and right off the bat, people think how hard can those classes be? And sometimes, they're right. Some of my classes can be easier than other people's. I'm not taking O-chem, anatomy, computer science, or physics. But just because my major requires different classes to graduate, doesn't make it easy.

I'm not a science person. I have never been good at biology, chemistry or physics. I'm not a math person. Calculus scares me and memorizing formulas gives me anxiety. I'm not good at those classes and I know that. But why does that mean that the classes I am good at, mean less?

I understand that a class called "Teaching Elementary Level Math" sounds like it's an easy A, but it's not. Having the pressure of being able to teach young children the right way to read, write, count and speak is not an easy task. I have to be able to help kids with any learning issues they may have in a matter of seconds or their academic futures could be seriously jeopardized.

It's not just education majors that get their accomplishments diminished by other people. Communication, theater, social work, journalism and more get ragged on for having "easy classes" simply because they are not required to take a lot of math and science.

My response to this is: NO LEVEL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IS EASY.

Getting any type of degree after high school is hard work! No one knows how hard a major is until you're in the major. My degree is not less of a degree because it isn't nursing or engineering. If you're great at science and math, and your life passion is whatever you're majoring in, then GREAT! Congrats!

But please, stop judging other people's majors. Stop saying our finals weren't hard, our good GPAs mean less and our degrees won't get us anywhere.

Love,

Every person that is sick of being undermined because of their major

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

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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.

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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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