Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Blog Swap 2010

Hello :)  Today I have swapped blogs with Sarah, who is the author of this entry :)  She's an extremely talented writer, so check out this entry she wrote for my blog today!  While you're at her blog, check out the entry I wrote!


Blog Swap Topic: Action: What will you do next year that you’ve been putting off for too long?



There are a lot of things that I’ve been putting off, partially because I don’t feel that a college student can accomplish them, such as looking for a literary agent and revising my earlier stories and poems to be ready for publishing. However, the one thing that I know I will do next year that I’ve been forced to put off is graduate college.

I graduated from high school in 2005 and went straight to college, meaning I am a sixth year student. It’s been a bit of a bumpy road regarding my major: I entered college with plans to be an English teacher, my back-up plan to being a writer. But when I actually had to take the literature analysis classes, I discovered that it wasn’t a good fit. I had always been a bit intimidated when I imagined myself teaching high school English anyway, especially if a big athlete (in height and build) couldn’t see the point in reading a certain book. So I switched majors to focus on being an elementary teacher so my 2+ years of teacher preparation classes wouldn’t have been wasted. This proved to be an upgrade – until I started student teaching. As it turns out, I can’t handle too much stress. Not to mention that I’m not a quick thinker (a must for 4th grade) and my creativity only comes out in my writing; not very well in my lesson plans and teaching.

At first I was going to continue with teaching, but after a few weeks of thinking and talking to the Career Center, I decided to change my major again, this time to writing. My school calls it English: Writing Specialization. Basically, all the classes I take focus on writing. By the time I switched I was already halfway done: between my former English teaching major and Creative Writing minor, I had already finished a few required classes and enough Creative Writing classes. Good news for me: I only had to do one year of college instead of two.

One. More. Year. As much as I like school, these words did not excite me. I was tired of relying on my parents for money and ready to have a full-time job. Looking for summer work was hard since, as I’ve discovered, most places wanted employees that would be there for a long time, not a few months. Plus, homework, papers, and projects were getting annoying. I know it’s all useful, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing it. Some assignments felt tedious and useless.

My graduation ceremony will be June 11, 2011, at 9:30 in the morning. I actually kinda like this early time: it’ll be almost lunch time by the time we finish, so lunch out will be a must before making the 2 hour drive home. I just have to tough it out until then.

Good luck in 2011!