Take Those Harder Classes In College, You May Surprise Yourself

Take Those Harder Classes In College, You May Surprise Yourself

It may be the best class you ever take.

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Hey, you there, the stressed out, exhausted college kid who's been sitting in the library for four hours going over something they don't understand: I've been there.

Sometimes, you have to take a hard class or two, whether that be a math class, a writing class or an upper level history course. Not everyone is good at everything. And it's okay.

College is for figuring out what you're good at. That's why you declare it as your major. You love it more than anything and see yourself making a career out of it one day.

For me, personally, I love writing and talking to people. I love telling stories through interviews, photos, and more recently, through videography, thanks to the classes that I've been taking where I'm involved with our student television station.

I wanted to give up this semester. My workload increased because we had assignments to do outside of class, as well as in class. Basically, the classes that I took this semester were a simulation of a real news room. So we'd build a newscast from about 9 until 2, and then we went live at 3.

When I was on content crew, it was a bit of a challenge, especially because I don't drive. So often times, we had to find things on campus that I could film. This went for the news "packages" that we had to film, too. We had to do those on our own time.

Because of all of this added stress, I wanted to just drop out and be done with it. At some points, it got so bad to the point where I didn't even care if I finished my degree anymore.

But, I didn't drop out. I'm still here, and classes are almost done. And I'm thankful I stayed around.

Do you know why?

Because I got to be apart of a newscast several times. I got to see my stuff aired. I got to interview some really cool people. I got to edit together packages and record my voice in a radio station. In addition, I also got to step out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I'd do like write a sportscast and be a weather woman!

I wouldn't have gotten to do these things if I dropped out. I wouldn't have many pieces of work that I'm now proud of if I decided not to finish. I have so much good stuff to choose from because I started to enjoy it once I learned how to manage my time.

I'm not sharing my story here in an attempt to brag about the things I've done or how nice my demo reel will be at the end of the semester, I'm sharing it because I was once in your shoes a few months ago. I was struggling. I thought these classes were hard, and I didn't think I'd get through them, but here we are with approximately three weeks left in the semester, and I'm a little sad that they're ending.

Classes that may seem hard in the beginning are the ones that you may end up loving by the end. You may surprise yourself and leave with some pretty cool pieces of work.

Hang in there. You're almost done.

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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.

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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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