Let me take you back a bit...
Four years ago I made the decision to go back to school to become a teacher. It was something I thought long and hard about because when I had "finished" school five years prior to that, I wanted nothing to do with college courses and tests ever again. Looking back now I realize what a completely different place in my life I was nine years ago. I had just lost my mother, was desperate to move out and get a place of my own, and knew I needed to get some full time work to make that happen. I had my Associates degree and felt satisfied enough with that. But then after five years into the work force, I realized how limited I was both financially and creatively. Working to get a pay check to pay my rent was not enough, not even close. Something inside my heart started to flutter as I began to read more books. The passion I felt toward reading then turned into a desire to want to teach and talk about reading with potential students one day. For the first time, in a very long time, I felt alive again.
And so my journey to becoming a teacher began. I took baby steps at first, only taking a few classes while working full time, not knowing if I could handle it all. But as the semesters flew by, and the student teaching began, I quickly realized I COULD handle it and so much more. Never in my life have I wanted something more, or worked harder to achieve it. I am writing this blog post now because just recently I took my last state certification exam and passed. Once I receive my Bachelor's degree in December I will be officially certified to teach in the state of Texas. Everything is beginning to come full circle and the realization of that has started to hit me.
I am going to be a teacher. This is for real.
The advice that if you work hard and believe in yourself will lead to good things, has been echoed in my ears since I was a child. It wasn't until now that I fully understood and agreed with that advice. If you're reading this now, and you're somewhere in the balance of in between your own goals, I hope you take my words to heart. If you want something bad enough, work hard, and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, your goals will be conquered.
As a good friend recently said to me, even though it feels like the end as I wrap up my education, it is just the beginning of the rest of my life. I am standing here, with my head held high, arms open wide, ready to take on life's next challenges. And it feels pretty darn good.