Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was about fifteen. However, I did not always know that I wanted to teach High school or University. My journey towards teaching began in the pool. When I started volunteering, becoming trained, and learning how to teach swimming; I learned quickly that I loved seeing the results of a child learning!
When I was a kid, I realized I wanted to be in education. I wanted to inspire kids to love something they may never have loved before. I had formed a deep intimate passion for history. My bookshelves were lined with books on 20th-century world war history. My passions were consuming, and I often felt alive. But in high school, I felt like the odd kid out. Most of my friends thought that was a hobby and something that would never pave my way in my future, or they assumed that history was boring. Unfortunately for them, I was bound to prove that account could become a career path, where I could do what I wanted… change lives.
I am a History major and an English Literature minor.
You can sum up my day by saying I did a lot of reading with an open mind perspective. It is a good thing. Sometimes I learn a new piece of information, and it is utterly heartbreaking. Other times, I realize that there will always be aspects to the world around us that we do not understand without learning all the hard and often thought-provoking questions.
Over my last three years in university, I have learned that hard work really does require concentration and bucketload motivation. I have also discovered it is up to the student to carry on with their own education. If you are passionate about something, you need to work hard, pursue it, and not give up.
In my third year of education, I started taking upper-level history classes and getting back into writing for English. I love my classes because they allow for a deeper focus on work that has always made me passionate and they also have an emphasis on interaction and discussion.
- One course, – with one of my favourite professors, – focused on the dictators of Stalin and Hitler and how their regimes rose to power and controlled it.
- Another class, taught by a very knowledgeable professor of mine, focuses on the military side of World War II. I learned a lot about the logistical side of war and how it was manifactured and carried out.
Overall my university experience can be described by the above quote. A mentality that I hope to one day instill into my own students. That amid the work we do, the papers we write and the exams we sit, we do not study for that A+ that will eventually go unnoticed. We, the student’s study for ourselves.
Where I am going:
After University I plan on attending a program to do my Batchelor’s of Education to be a high school History teacher. Working in high school will give me the opportunity to help shape the minds of students, to encourage them in their passions and motivated them into careers that they may not have thought were possible.
I want to pursue more education eventually to complete my Master’s and Ph.D. in 20th Century modern European conflict. My hope is to focus on the role that leadership had in developing and implementing systems and the effect of the emotional and mental psychics. I specifically would like to direct this focus on the results male leadership had in war and the role in which women played. By focusing on this, my dream is to be able to educate at the university level and travel the world with students so they can feel and touch history first hand.