Today I signed my life away (well, the next year of it at least)! All right, I guess I’m being a bit dramatic. What I mean to say is today I signed my contract to work with Kate in her classroom at East Kingston Elementary. I still think we’re a match made in heaven (she’s even a lefty!) so I’m pretty excited that I get to spend the next year teaching with and learning from her.
What I find more daunting is that my undergraduate career is finally coming to a close, and it seems as if my graduate career will also be over before I know it. In a year from now, I will have decided whether I should take the PRAXIS or MTEL exams and will have hopefully passed. I’ll be applying for teaching jobs that will each have dozens of overly qualified applicants vying for the same position. I’ll start paying back my oodles and oodles of college loans. In a sense, I will be what I consider to be an actual adult.
But unlike many of those other applicants who I will be competing against for jobs in spring of 2014, I will have an advantage, that advantage being experience. Because I chose to be a Family Studies major and Education minor as an undergraduate, I’ve had the opportunity to complete four semester-long internships at a variety of different schools. Because I went to UNH, I had the opportunity to volunteer with Seacoast Reads and gain experience by tutoring students who struggled with reading and writing. I was also given the opportunity to teach students using a different medium by working at the indoor and outdoor pool as a swim instructor. Over the last four years, I’ve been able to create and expand my network of teachers and administrators in the seacoast and was even able to connect it to my network of teachers and administrators back home.
Maybe I just find myself in such a reflective state because I’ll be sitting in front of the Whitt in less than three weeks decked out in what looks like a black wizard’s robe and a bedazzled flat-brimmed cap, but I truly believe UNH is one of the best schools you could possibly go to if you’re considering going into education. I’m excited to see what the next year will bring, and I know I’ll be ready to conquer the “real world” come next May…. probably.