A Liberal Arts College Is The Way To Go

A Liberal Arts College Is The Way To Go

Thanks to my liberal arts school, I have grown as a person and student.

A lot of people assume that going to a liberal arts college is a waste of time.

"People who go to a liberal arts school just don't know what they want to do in life yet."

The truth is, going to a liberal arts school is just a different approach to education. The focus is being well-rounded. Us millennials believe that we don't want the same boring job our whole lives. We want to go through change in our careers and to have exciting careers. Going through a liberal arts education gives us an edge on being able to succeed different ways. In fact, 80% of employers want people with a broad array of knowledge focused through a liberal arts education (U.S & World Report News, 2016).

The general education requirements.

At first, this can seem confusing or frustrating. Having to take a college-level biology course even though you're a business major can make you feel a little upset. Having to take a statistics course or even a calculus course, even though you want to be a teacher. Even having a marine biology major take a modern history course. It all seems complicated and time-consuming, but it makes us stronger students. Going through a hard class that isn't even near your major interest feels empowering and determines you to succeed.

It makes you a more confident student. It is easier to have an intellectual conversation with people when you know a wide range of topics. I would have never been able to talk about the controversy of genetically mutated cells, as a business and psychology major, if I didn't have to take a biology course. We are also able to explore topics of interests, even if it doesn't have a correlation to our major. It enables us to take religious classes or a philosophy course if we are curious about it, even though we could be anything from an arts management major to a political science major.

Being at a liberal arts school has made me a better person and student. There are some schools that are focused on one or two popular majors, but liberal arts schools are focused on all majors. There are so many class selections at liberal arts schools, it's hard for the school to put a spotlight on specific majors.

Liberal arts students learn diligence. We are not afraid of failure. We want to engage in subjects that are not our specialty. Liberal arts schools are statistically more diverse. My college has allowed me to meet people that I would not have met otherwise. It makes you realize how different we are from one another, but also how much we have in common at the same time. At a liberal arts school, it is easier to branch out.

Thanks to my liberal arts school, I have grown as a person and student.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"

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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