How Being A Teacher Has Changed Me As A Person

The Importance Of Understanding The Value Of Our School Teachers

I started working as a K-5 floater teacher and am having so much fun!

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Besides my parents, the most significant and influential adults in my life have been my teachers. The first teacher that I remember truly investing her all in me was my fourth and fifth-grade teacher, Ms. S.

I had just transferred once more from one elementary school to this new one, adding to the string of elementary schools that I attended throughout my childhood. I always loved school, but I had lost my particular amount of enthusiasm at the start of fourth grade, and Ms. S was the one who encouraged me to write. Her belief in my abilities and intellect fueled me to be an English major when I finally reached college and is a lot of the reason I am a writer today.

I always dreamed of influencing the next generation of writers, creators, and thinkers in some way or another. I still want the medium to be through my writing, but alongside my literature, I currently work as a floater teacher for elementary school. This position allows me to work in every classroom based on need and to also assist with administrative work. Through the job, I have learned the ins and outs of the campus and school system and met a brilliant group of remarkable kids.

Now, in the short while that I have worked at this campus, I have faced days of constant problem-solving, as well as, days where I hate leaving the students and can't wait to see them the next day. My energy has both grown and thrived off of the kids' and I have been drained to the point of lying on my bed without sleeping for three hours. There's one thing that has been confirmed while I have been working at this school though.

Teachers and school staffs are the lifeblood of all the kids' education and their ability to contribute to society later in life. From my co-workers, I have learned patience, kindness, forgiveness, and discipline. I work in a school where the staff deals with hits day after day, and works with student after student while still remembering to smile and say "Good morning" or "See ya tomorrow." Along with teaching their students, I have the Spanish teachers helping me practice my own conversational Spanish and have teachers who allow me to practice teaching in their classrooms.

Having felt welcomed from the first to my current day, it is unbelievable the amount of passion that teachers have in bettering the lives of everyone around them, to encourage all their surrounding people to act as students and learn. Teachers are invaluable for generations of scholars and thinkers to contribute back to their communities and to change the world.

So, reconnect with that middle school teacher you've only ever seen in Safeway after graduating, or encourage children to learn to love learning. For those who say "Those who can't do, teach," step into a classroom or catch up with a teacher-friend. Learn exactly what these leaders are doing to make our lives better every day.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.

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So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Just know that life in college isn't all easy, breezy, and beautiful like Covergirl. It's hard and you will struggle whether it be in school or with your friends. College isn't always complete freedom. You'll be tied down with school and life and you won't have the free time that you always imagined. You won't always be best friends with your high school friends. You won't be taking those road trips because you won't be able to afford them, and if you're like me, your parents won't let you.

College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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