Class Of 2018, Make This Semester One To Remember

Class Of 2018, Make This Semester One To Remember

Don't waste time, get that degree.
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During my winter break, I took a day to visit my high school and I was asked by teachers if I had any advice to the seniors about college. Previously I wrote an article about how to survive your first semester, but I thought although these seniors are fast approaching college I wish I had someone to tell me how to survive my last semester of high school. So here's my letter to any of the class of 2018 preparing to graduate.

I'm going to lay it all out for you, senioritis is real. There is no escaping it and even when you think you've given up completely and you can't procrastinate anymore, you can. I thought my first semester was rough, I didn't want to be in high school anymore and felt like I had outgrown that place.

I had always been an amazing procrastinator, but the minute second semester happened I wasn't just procrastinating, but I stopped doing homework altogether. We all know that every person you meet will tell you to not let senioritis get you and to complete everything, but there's the reality of being a teenager and we all know listening to others advice doesn't always happen.

So although people do tell you to not procrastinate, actually listen.

For many second semester is when you receive your answers from colleges, If you don't get into your top college don't be to upset, that next best school might actually be the best fit for you. I had no intentions of uprooting my life and moving to another time zone, but it was the biggest blessing for me. I'm in love with my college and I wondered often if I had got into my top school if I would have loved it as much as Columbia.

The best thing about high school ending is the drama and scandals that came with its ends too. As you leave high school you will forget many people you graduate with. All through high school, my therapist told me, "High school is not reality," this was the saying that kept me going and it even became my senior quote.

I waited to go to prom for senior year and even then I wasn't what you see in movies. If you don't want to go to prom don't. You won't regret it later, go out with friends for a night out, theres no reason to waste money on an over-rated experience but if you do go at least you can say you did. This is also the same for senior trips and picnic, no matter how great these opportunities are nothing is better than graduation and that's a fact.

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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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