To The Teachers That Inspired Me To Want To Be A Teacher, Thank You

To The Teachers That Inspired Me To Want To Be A Teacher, Thank You

Thank you to all of you that have inspired, helped, and pushed me.

This one is for the teachers that inspired me to want to become a teacher. From elementary school to college I have met a range of teachers and professors that have inspired me to want to become a teacher and this my thank you to all of you.

Thank you to the teachers that asked me how my day was going and could tell when something was wrong. It is because of you I know how good that makes a student feel.

Thank you to the teachers that always continued to push me and make me reach for something bigger. It is because of you I am pursuing this degree and I want to push students to their fullest potential.

Thank you to the teachers that listened to my problems whether it was with school, friends, or work. It is because of you I know I should listen to my future students and their concerns and I know that each student needs some type of outlet to let things out.

Thank you to the teachers that didn't give me easy A's, to the ones that make their classes tough. It is because of you I know how to overcome some type of struggle, it is because of you I know how to study harder.

Thank you to the teachers that would help me with other subjects that weren't their own. It is because of you I know I can ask for help from other people when I need it, it is because of you I know teachers care even when it is not their area.

Thank you to the teachers that remembered me even years later after I had left. It is because of you I can't wait to see students many years after they have left and see how well they are doing.

Thank you to the teachers that have inspired me to continue learning. It is because of you I hope one day I will make the same impact on different groups of students.

Thank you for inspiring me to be a better me.

Thank you for inspiring me to want to become a teacher.

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Second Semester Blues

Here are some tips to make your second semester the best.

Coming back to school after nearly a month long break can be exhausting and overwhelming. Many people, including myself, spend a good portion of their break without glancing at a book or only open their laptop to watch Netflix. If the first semester wasn't the best for you, then here are some ways to ensure that your second semester will be great!

1. Take time for yourself

Living in a dorm can sometimes make it hard to have alone time. However, taking time for yourself is important for your mental health! Take a long shower, go for a walk, or go to the library by yourself once in a while.

2. Make sure you spend time with the people you love

Even though school can be overwhelming, do not let it consume your life. Spending time with friends and allowing yourself to be social is a huge key to happiness. Remember, humans aren't meant to be alone all the time.

3. Stay organized

Keep an agenda, take detailed notes, and go through all of your syllabi before going to class. Label all of your folders and notebooks so you know where your assignments are. Don't just cram everything into the biggest pocket of your backpack.

4. Don't wait until the last minute

I am guilty of waiting until the night before to study for an important test. Don't let that be you this semester! Studying a little bit each night is so much more effective than waiting until the last minute.

5. Get on a good sleep schedule

This can be really hard, especially in college. Last semester I had an 8 A.M. and I was always exhausted because I stayed up late every night. Be sure to go to bed at a reasonable hour so that you aren't tired the next day!

Good luck this semester everybody!

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10 Things English Majors Are Sick Of Constantly Hearing

"Oh you chose an easy major."

English majors get made fun of for choosing an "easy major" and catch a lot of flak for it. Here are ten things that English Majors are sick of hearing.

1. What can you do with that other than teaching?

Well, business, education, many people who go to med school or law school have degrees in English. There's also writing, publishing/editing, law enforcement, politics and an almost endless list of job sectors that English majors can join.

2. Oh, you chose an easy major.

Yeah, okay, Sharon. The "easy major". Honey, any English major will tell you we love reading and writing, but these essays are brutal. Plus, I don't know about your university, but here in the UNC Charlotte English Department, they don't just offer an English B. A., they offer different concentrations such as "Literature and Culture", "Creative Writing", "Pedagogy", "Teacher Licensure", and "Language and Digital Technology" (which is your girls' concentration). Plus we have awesome minors which include, "Linguistics" (my minor), "English", "Children's Literature and Childhood Minor", "Diverse Literature and Cultural Studies", and "Technical/Professional Writing". There are many different avenues that you can take and it was definitely not an easy major!

3. It must be fun reading novels for homework

Yep! Until I have to analyze every possible symbolic meaning and read Chaucer in Old English, not the translations, but the original Chaucer. But again, my concentration is in Language and Digital Technology and Linguistics. I study how people use language, English specifically, to communicate with each other interpersonally and digitally and how language changes over time.

4. So could you not settle on a major?

No, I could. I wanted to be a nurse, but that involved too much math and science for me. I was originally an education major, but that would take a biology class and a year longer than the English major (which I am totally in love with by the way). But I've also always been interested in editing or copywriting. Although, the ultimate dream is to have some of my work published.

5. Aren't you worried you won't make money?

Uh, no? I'm pretty sure I can get a job that pays. Fast food pays, retail pays, you see where I'm going with this? I'm more worried about getting insurance before I'm 26 so that I can afford to get my gastro and asthma meds. Especially since I'll be 25 when I graduate.

6. Aren't you worried about employers not taking you seriously?

If there were a YouTube video of me doing the cinnamon challenge or tide pod challenge, then absolutely. But, the associate's degree that I earned and now the bachelor's degree that has taught me to communicate concisely verbally and on paper, taught me to understand communication and language, along with my resume, the answer to that is no, no I'm not worried about an employer taking me seriously. Especially since English majors are employed in a wide variety of job sectors. But thanks for your concern.

7. What if you end up doing education because you couldn't do anything else?

Well, first things first. Thanks for the vote of confidence you Negative Nancy you! My answer is great! It was one of the things that I wanted to do anyway. I love literature and would be stoked to teach a British Lit class and have an excuse to fangirl over Austen, Dickens, and hopefully, see how they relate the plotlines from the stories to today's society.

8. But how would your degree be useful?

To be honest most companies would benefit from English majors. We write well, we communicate well, we have great story-telling backgrounds that could benefit in a marketing area and that can help open your business to a variety of new audiences, and we are taught to "read between the lines".

9. But you need connections for editing and publishing, will you just do freelance? That's not a very stable job.

Okay, Carol. Go Google and come back so we can talk. Connections in any job you want are helpful. Portfolios, a good resume, and a decent interview for a job that you qualify for will also help me earn a job.

10. You don't think that this will help you become a famous writer do you?

Okay, um, no. Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely love to have my play produced or the book that I have been working on for years, or the movie I have been working on for two years now. But I'm under no illusion that this will only help me with the theory of writing and communication and not the actual marketing of it. I'm also well aware, as we all are, that this would not shoot us straight into the throws of fame. Heck who said that all English majors want to do is write anyways?

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