Stop Telling Me What To Do With My Life

Stop Telling Me What To Do With My Life

Instead, push me to follow my dream.
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Being a college student, I often get the question "What are you going to school for?", and after telling them I am a Secondary Education major, their response is less than pleased.

Yes, I know education may not be the most flashy or prosperous career field, but it's something I have wanted to do ever since I was a little girl.

So stop telling me not to follow my dreams.

For me, finding a career was more than finding a job I would make the most money doing. It was not about finding something that felt like a job, but something I had a passion for.

Learning is a beautiful process and nothing makes me happier than seeing a child grow and develop as a person. Teachers have the ability to shape a child into the person they become. They push children to always dream big and do their best. Teachers are people children look up too. They lead by example. Teachers live with a sense of purpose because they are impacting the future of the world. In some cases, they are the only adult to show a child true, genuine love. But most importantly, they light the fire of passion in children's lives to continue to learn and find what they love every single day.

At the end of the day, teaching is not about the money or status you have but the difference you make in the child's life. My dream is for a child to come to me and tell me, "Because of you I succeeded."

What's yours?

Every human being on this Earth is different. Everyone has different passions and desires. We all have a different career path in mind. No single route is the same. Yes, there are millions of teachers in the world; however, not one teacher takes the same path. Find the road that makes you happy, but don't stop there.

Blaze your own trail.

My name is Kayla Ratajczak. My major is Secondary Education with an English major and a History minor. I plan to teach middle school children. I hope to make a difference in the lives of the children I teach. I'm not sure where the trail I'm blazing is going to lead me, but I know it will be special.

I have a passion in my heart and a fire in my eyes, so please stop telling me what to do with my life. Instead, push me to be the very best version of me.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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Academics and Creativity Conflicts

Academics is definitely something important for students, but it seems that creativity is pushed aside too often.

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As students, we are heavily focused on academics. Some of us may also be heavily focused on athletics. Anything that helps or is integrated into our academic careers has a way of controlling how we live our daily life. We go to class, we study and do homework, we attend activities/work, and then we most likely have little time to relax.

One thing that seems to lack in the academic world is creativity. Many students may say "Well, I'm not creative." Why have students subjected themselves to being uncreative individuals? How does someone define "creativity" as the verbatim definition across the world? Creativity can be used widely if we are aware of how it can be done.

  1. In the classroom, students can find creative ways to approach a debate, a different way of understanding a topic, changing the argument and allowing different perspectives and voices to be heard, and so much more.
  2. Students can find different ways of changing the issues our communities may face such as homelessness, segregated communities, etc.
  3. Organizations can be created to fill in the gaps our communities may have (including in a university).
  4. Students can remain to do creative activities such as crafts, writing, art, etc. This can be done within different organizations or in the comfort of the student's home.
  5. There are different platforms that encourage creativity like photoshop, video editing software, websites like Wattpad to create and share your own stories, and more.

We cannot let academics take over every moment of our lives. It can easily result in a point where we have no motivation to do anything at all because we are in a constant routine that can drain us. We are more than school, although it is still very important. If we shall succeed, we have to embrace the things we love to do and not forget about who we are.

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