This is the one issue I feel most strongly about. I made this mistake and I am determined to keep others from making it. I want others to learn from my mistakes and errors since no one should have to go through what I’m going through.
In the summer of 2007 I graduated with a degree in English. This was after many long years of trying to double major in elementary education as well. Eventually I flunked out of the elementary education program and finished my degree in English. At the end of the summer of 2007 I started a masters of arts program in elementary education. I didn’t give it much thought and even though I have a passion for writing I thought that God was calling me to become a teacher.
The reason I rushed was because I wanted to move on with my life and finally have some success. I was tired of struggling financially and I figured that the sooner I started making that teacher salary the better. In the spring 2009 I had my first student teaching attempt and was kicked out halfway through. It took me two more years but in the spring of 2011 I finally got a second placement. I ended up being kicked out of the placement after one day. Since the program only allowed me two chances to student teach I was taken out of the program. It’s now a little over a year over and while I can most likely have the student loans discharged because I never graduated, my financial situation is still a lot worse then it was back in the summer of 2007.
I’m now left wishing I had gone for a masters in creative writing or English and am left with a lot of personal regret and resentment. I still hope to get a masters one day and will work hard to try to make it happen. However, due to my financial situation I don’t know when that will happen. When the opportunity does come, I will take the time to pick the right school, right major, and right financial options. If I hadn’t been so hasty I would probably have a masters degree and a good career path now. There’s a lot of truth in the saying that haste makes waste.