I get asked all the time what i'm majoring in. I get mixed reactions to my answer. Some people are excited for me and tell me that being an Education major suits me. Then there are the negative people. They people that ask exactly why I want to be a teacher or the people that tell me that I am not going to make very much money. I'm not becoming a teacher because of the money or lack of money. I'm becoming a teacher because I love the kids. I want to impact a child's life and hear that I helped them when nobody else did.
I have always wanted to be a teacher especially when I was little. I used to sit my three brother's down and have them do schoolwork and I would grade them on it. Teachers run in my family so I have always been around them. I see that they love their jobs and I want that too. I want a classroom that I can decorate and it is mine.
I didn't know what grade or subject I wanted to teach until I was in high school. If you are a Junior or Senior and you have good grades, you can go to the local elementary school for a day to student teach. I taught 5th grade my Junior year and 1st grade my Senior year. I loved it but I knew those grades weren't for me. I also got the chance at the Community College I attended to read to elementary school kids for Read-Across-America week. It was fun but I knew that I was better suited for high school. It wasn't until my Senior year of high school when I finally figured out what my major was going to be. I had an amazing English teacher and she helped me decide that I want to become an English teacher. I love English and reading so it just seemed like a perfect choice for me.
I believe that I am on the right career path. I have never regretted my choice of major. There are times when I want to quit but doing what I love outweighs everything. Knowing that I may change a child's life one day is all of the motivation I need when it gets rough. The classes I have to take are hard even though everyone says they are easy. Have I wanted to throw in the towel? Yes, but I know that this is my calling and I will enjoy it. I haven't pictured myself doing anything else for the rest of my life.
At the end of the day, despite what people tell me about teaching, I am proud to be an Education major. I am happy that I will be educating a generation of young people that will change this world. My major is more than a major it is a life choice that will change the lives of young people. Teaching is more than a job and Education is more than a major.
I know there will be days when I am teaching that may want me to quit but I know that if I help one child then my job is done. I want to inspire a student that maybe doesn't want to learn or is having a hard time. I want to be the reason they keep on going and succeed in life.
I am glad I chose to become an Education major because I am meeting other teacher candidates that want to become students and love kids as much as I do. I wouldn't change my major for anything in the world.