For My Future Self and My Future Students

College, to me is a pathway to where I want to be in life and who I want to become in the future. I am a respectable student, who keeps up with my studies, and strives to be the best person I can be. Even through the COVID-19 Pandemic, when my high school started a hybrid schedule, I was able to adapt quickly and efficiently. I have a hard work ethic, I have even worked my way up to shift leader at my job, all while maintaining good grades. I plan to pursue a degree in education at Roane State Community College. I know I will be an asset to Roane State. I have a passion for helping kids learn to their best ability. My goal is to become a kindergarten teacher. I want to make a difference in the lives of children. 

Picking a major was not easy for me at first. I struggled with deciding what I wanted to do after high school. I knew I liked helping people but wasn’t sure of a specific job field yet.  Leaving high school and transitioning to college seems a bit scary, but I know, because of my dedication in high school, I am going to continue to be successful. I advise anyone, who is struggling to determine their major, to try some subjects or hobbies that you know you will like. This is the nice part of high school, getting to get your feet wet into career possibilities. At the beginning of high school, my career path was to become a doctor because I love helping people in need.  After taking a medical class, I quickly realized that path was not meant for me. However, I took Early Childhood Education all four years of high school, and learned I love teaching.  Taking all these classes has shown me that I am meant to teach. 

My junior and senior year of high school, I started Work-Based Learning. I completed Work-Base learning two different kindergarten teachers. Both teachers welcomed me into their classrooms and taught me a variety of strategies for my future classroom. These kindergarten teachers gave me the opportunity to learn techniques of how I can help children learn to their best ability. I also completed Kindergarten prep where I assisted student with learning their letters. Through this, I was able to learn engaging strategies for reluctant learners. In just a short amount of time, I have learned how resilient children are. It is truly amazing to see kids learn things they never knew they could. Having these skills prepares me for college, and for the future teacher I will become. I have a passion for making a difference in kids lives. 

I know college is a big commitment, but I am ready to commit because I know I can overcome obstacles. A recent obstacle I’ve already overcome is maintaining good grades during a global pandemic. It is important to me to show my future students that overcoming obstacles is possible. I am excited to see where this path takes me. This isn’t where I started, but I’m glad I ended up here, because I landed exactly where I am supposed to be. I know the path won’t be straight, and will have bumps and curves, but I know I will persevere and become the person I want to be. I hope to one day instill the motivation I have for school into my own students in my own classroom. I am ready to take on this next chapter of my life and know that I am capable of achieving what I put my mind to.