Okay, okay - I know you've all been waiting with bated breath.
I have decided to drop the certification of my education degree and pursue English.
It's kind of hard to explain. Basically, as an secondary education student, I pick a content area. My content area is English. So, I was getting a double major - English and secondary education. However, if a student goes non-cert (non-certified), the student does not student teach, nor do they take the portfolio class which is 0 class hours but occupies 60% of your homework time.
So, I decided to go non-cert. Meaning that, since I'm pretty much finishing up my classes for both majors this semester, since I planned on student teaching next semester, I can take WHATEVER class I want in the spring! And no student teaching!
I could be a teacher still, in a private school. Private schools don't require certification but most of them will have you get certified after you're certified.
And I know it's weird. I'm less than a year away from graduating, but I decided that I really wasn't sure if I wanted to be a teacher anymore. I may have mentioned it around the blog before, but probably not - I tended to push it out of my mind because I just figured, eh I'll do the education thing but then just do something else if I want to after graduation.
But I realized, why spend so much time doing something I may never use? Honestly, as much as I respect teachers, I really don't want to be one anymore. Watching Pete and Steve and Tim teach the last year or so have really opened my eyes. There are wonderful moments and not-so-wonderful moments, and I'm not sure if the wonderful moments will really outshine the bad moments for me.
So, what do I want to do? I would LOVE to write for a living. I'm not really sure how I will get started. I'm hoping to get an internship next semester, and take a lot more writing classes (it's sad to think that I would have gotten a double major, one of them English, and had only taken TWO writing courses), like The Art of the Memoir. After graduation, hopefully I can get some type of job/column at the place I interned with (that's ideal).
And there's always my writing. I've written two full novels (now, they aren't great, but they are written and there's a plot and character development and junk). I love reviewing concerts, CDs, and movies. So hopefully I can maybe make a little living out of that.
Also, I would love to open my own bakery. Or my own crafting supplies store. I mean, there are so many things I want to do. And really, while it may sound silly, you guys (the readers!) really helped me realize that I AM creative and that I should do something with it. Thank you all so much for the kind words and comments that you leave here. I see them and get a huge smile and it instantly makes my day better.
So, thanks guys! I'm really excited about the new direction my life is taking, and I hope it's fun! And in the meantime...if anyone knows of a group/business/whatever that needs or wants a writer for something...I'm around.