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Normally post grad students don't like hearing the question of what they will be doing next. Well, lucky for you I will just tell you and you didn't even have to ask.
This past May I received my multiple subject teaching credential and M.A.in Digital Teaching and Learning. I have no regrets about doing the program, because 1) The people that I met in grad school were all worth it and 2) I really enjoy the digital world and the digital programs that exist, including this blog.
Becoming a substitute teacher wasn't exactly in MY plan for this year. I thought, oh gosh I'm going to 25 years old and if I don't get a teaching job this year that means it's another year of waiting (yes, some teachers get jobs in the middle of the year, but as Effie from The Hunger Games would say, "May the odds be ever in your favor."), but realistically if you don't make it on the band wagon this year, then usually you have to wait until the next school year.
Ok, so I accepted the fact that I will probably not be a teacher of my own classroom this year, but I realized there is so much that I can do as I sub. The main one that I'm greatly considering is traveling at times that most people probably don't get to. It might be short term or it might be long term (If it is long term it can't be until January, because i'm in TWO weddings this December that I wouldn't miss). Some things I've been thinking about are: I can go learn French in Paris or perfect my Spanish in Spain or in Latin America. I can go see the fall leaves in the East Coast in October or visit the ocean in Hawaii before it gets to cold. I can go hold babies (MY DREAM JOB!!!!) where babies need more human interaction. I can stay here and learn piano songs that I have always wanted to learn all because of YouTube. I can start my Homemaker in Training Project, or study some more so that I can get a single subject credential in History or Spanish, or take the GRE and apply to Ph.D programs. I can keep up with blog and vlog hobbies. But, wherever I go or end up, I can finally start writing the book that I have always wanted to start. At this point in my life I feel the SKY IS THE LIMIT! I don't really have anything holding me back and plus since I'm young now and have the energy, I better take advantage of it.
Of course I'm realistic and realize that in order to do all the things that I want to, I will need to find a way to pay for it. However, my main point is, if I really want to do all these things and if they are meant to be, then I'm going to find a way, because if I don't dream or have a goal then life for me can feel depressing and that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid. What are some of your dreams that you are hoping to achieve if you believe that the sky is the limit? Or what are some sacrifices that you are making now in order to achieve your dreams in future! I want to hear from you too blog followers, so that I don't feel that I'm alone in this!
I'm looking forward to seeing where I end up, because one quote that I find to be very true is: "Expect the unexpected." Don't worry, once things start falling into place and when I have a better idea, I'll be sharing about it with you! Part of sharing the struggles is also about sharing the victories!
These are the things I had to say.
Drea Said It