A teacher can be defined, simply, as one who teaches, specifically in a school. Personally, I think a teacher is much more than that. Things aren't always easy when you are growing up, and the people who helped me through a lot of the struggles of my youth were my teachers and educators. Being a teacher, or literally anyone who has any sort of control over a group of youth, can be a trying and difficult job, but as an aspiring instructor, I have found ways around these obstacles and I know that what's worth the prize is always worth the fight. There are many steps that must be taken in order to allow our youth to succeed and enjoy themselves while doing so. First and foremost, one must be able to keep the children not only entertained but interested in whatever it is that they're doing. While this may vary in age groups, children are easily persuaded, and if they don't think it's "cool," then they are not going to want to be involved. Second, you must be able to make the kids feel comfortable around you. Once they feel comfortable with you, they will be more willing to open up to you. This will enable them to let you know when they're struggling, what they're struggling with, ask questions, and even initiate a more active form of learning. Children need to know that they are cared about in order for them to allow themselves to become invested in anything. Next, keeping professionalism in mind, one must be able to have fun with their students. After all, they do learn from you. They watch, and they listen, and they copy. If a group of students see their instructor feeling miserable in a classroom, they are likely going to feel the same way, because that's just how they believe they are supposed to feel. They need to be able to see that the teacher needs the students just as much as the students need their teacher. Being a teacher means so many things. Teaches are responsible for helping students realize that they are more than just students; that they have worth, and that their lives, opinions and voices matter. Teachers are intended to provide students with personal experience and real world examples. Teachers should be someone for students to confide in, and encourage them to be their best versions of themselves. It is a teacher's job to show their students that their futures are worth something, and that it is crucial that they put in the time and effort necessary to achieve their goals, because they can do it- but not without the aid of a teacher. Though these obstacles may seem a bit demanding, I fight through them for a number of reasons. I do it for individuals that I have witnessed developing at a reduced rate because they did not experience that sort of involvement in the classroom.I do it for all the times that I was struggling and I wish I had someone there to help me. I do it for the a brighter tomorrow. I do it for my future as a teacher. I do it for the kids.
Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.
1. He has always been there.
Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.
2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.
I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.
3. He sends the cutest texts.
Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.
4. He taught me how to be brave.
When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.
5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.
My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.
6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.
Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.
7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.
Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.
8. He shows me how I should be treated.
Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.
For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!
Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.
My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay
Different sized and shaped strawberries
It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.
What works for her, might not work for me
With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.
Don't spend too much time on istagram
Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.
It's okay for your body to fluctuate
The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.
Cut out the negativity
If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.
Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in
If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!
I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one
Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.
Everyone has their own insecurities
Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.