So I'm about to finish my seventh year of teaching...where did the time go right? And, with the news that I would have a student teacher in the fall, I began thinking about all the things that college didn't prepare me for. I know education theories, how state exams work, how to make a professional portfolio, and ideas of how to teach the material. But anyone who's been in this game for a while can tell you that all this stuff you learn in college doesn't really prepare you for that first step into your classroom.
"I AM NOT A NUMBERS PERSON!" I yelled this from the roof top. (Actually I yelled it from the 5th floor of the science library, but we aren't supposed to yell there). Anyways, in that moment as much as I hated it and as hard as I had fought it, I knew. And hey, when you know. You know. Then I quit business school. Because I, Sophie Elizabeth, am not a numbers person. And that's ok. The thing is, not everyone is for numbers the same way how not everyone is musical. All things are gifts. You're good at math? That's your gift. You can recite all the countries? That is your gift. You can listen to someone deeper than anyone else? That is your gift. Because the most wonderful and beautiful thing about life is that not everyone is a numbers person. Life is inexhaustible. We spend our lives exhausted and exhausting. Exhausting all the possibilities of things we're not, and exhausted by trying them all. College has you try a lot, and truth be told you'll hate most of it. But you'll figure it out. We all do. And what I figured out is that I am not good with numbers. Or spreadsheets. Or charts. To be quite honest the word "Excel" used in anyway makes my skin crawl. So if all that doesn't have you convinced, here are five other reasons why you should absolutely 100% change your major.
I am an old man. I said that because when I go back through the pages of my life, I constantly think of the most famous Jimmy Stewart movie of all time-—It's a Wonderful Life. I really think about the very last scene after George Bailey was shown by Clarence the angel as to what life would have been like if George was never born. George comes to accept that life without the people who were important to him was horrible as opposed to his life with them. In other words, he was able to see how much better his and their lives were with George around.
It's no shocker that having cash on hand is great. A little bit of free money can help you get out of an emergency situation that would cost way more on credit, or worse, just be downright devastating if you didn't have money to avoid it. Even every trader should have an emergency fund.
There are a lot of pros and cons to working from home, but if do decide to permanently eliminate commuting from your life, a few items are necessary for it to work (pun certainly intended). One of them, and arguably the most important, is the chair you will be using. I occasionally work from home whenever the weather decides to be incredibly extra and does not permit my office to open. At first, I'm happy because it eliminates my commute and I can stay in bed for a little longer. Soon after, that happiness transforms into frustration for one simple reason: I have nowhere to work.
In high school, you often hear the horror stories about college. While many of these rumors do hold true, others are simply myths. But it is also important to remember that everyone has a different experience that is influenced by their choices and the atmosphere of their school. What rang true to me may not be what you see.