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Monday, June 7, 2010

you look like a teacher.

{source, fool!}

my first experience with grad school took place in 2005.  i enrolled in a "fast track" graduate program to become a teacher.  by the time student teaching rolled around, i chickened out, applied to a different school & transferred.  something about taking a 16-week long class in just four weekends didn't set well with me and i suddenly felt overwhelmed & inadequate even though i was one 14-week long student teaching session & one thesis away from a masters degree and license to teach pre-k through third grade.

my second experience with grad school took place in the summer of 2006.  i transferred out of that "fast track" program and into a university program that offered me a more thorough chance at becoming a teacher {in other words, i was shelling out more money for what i already learned just to learn it all over again, but this time at a much slower pace}.  silly, i know.

then, my mother got sick. 

i was working full time.  going to grad school full time.  being a wife & mother full time.  my kids were little...malia was barely in kindergarten.  and my mother had breast cancer.   
something had to give.  
i know it may seem like a cop out to some, but i dropped out of school.  i didn't withdraw.  i dropped out.  {it was like deja vu...i dropped out back in 1997 as an undergrad my sophomore year of college.}

so here i am, roughly five years after i started the journey, and i am heading back to school to finally finish that masters degree i started so long ago.  i have some pre-requisite classes i need to take {undergraduate level stuff that my bachelors degree doesn't completely cover}.  i may also have to beg, grovel & plead with the university to take me back.  but, i met with the program advisor today and things are very, very, VERY hopeful.  i mean, can someone really deny a person of their education?  i sure as hell don't think so {and i sure as hell hope they don't deny me}.
i'm going back.

i'm going to {finally} become a teacher.

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Blogger Christine said...

yaahhh!! Good Luck!! I would like you back in if it were up to me :)

Jun 7, 2010, 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger R said...

Oh that's fantastic! I wish you nothing but luck!

Jun 7, 2010, 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Shell said...


Good luck. :)

Jun 7, 2010, 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Classy Fab Sarah said...

You go girl!! You can do it!

Jun 8, 2010, 7:20:00 AM  
Blogger rachel said...

YAY!!!! ( :

I am going back too and it feels SO GOOD to do what you have always wanted to do! Congrats!

Jun 8, 2010, 7:58:00 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

You can do it! You can do it! I don't know if I'll ever go back and finish so I give you all the credit in the world for wanting to go back and first and foremost for having that determination. No they cannot deny you an education!!! You'll be great.....

Jun 8, 2010, 1:24:00 PM  
Blogger Brittany Ann said...

You are so strong! Good for you! You are going to be a great addition to the field! We need willing souls like you!

Jun 8, 2010, 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

SO happy for you...but you already knew that :) And seriously, you know where to find me at anytime if you have questions!

Jun 8, 2010, 8:05:00 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Congrats and good luck! Just don't decide to move to Cali to teach! I considered getting my teaching credentials and am so glad I changed my mind. So many of my friends went the teaching route and are now out of work and it's truly heartbreaking! I'm ready to leave this state... California sure is beautiful, but it's not a great place to live anymore. Anyhow, enough of my rant. Sure am happy for ya and I love your blog, so hopefully going back will mean more great stories from you!!!

Jun 8, 2010, 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen @ said...

Yay! Congrats! I just graduated with my Master in teaching and looking for a job stinks but I know it will be worth it!

Jun 9, 2010, 12:43:00 AM  

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