It is time for Thankful Thursday, hosted by the lovely Jessie!! Thanks, girl, for having this weekly link-up to help remind all of us the things we are thankful for in this crazy life!
This week’s Thankful Thursday post is a long one, so bare with me…
Over the summer, I made the bold decision to follow my dreams and pursue grad school to become a college professor. Up until that point, I had strayed away from teaching at this level because I didn’t think I was smart enough to do so. However, after great deliberation with my family, I was encouraged to change my focus area from Physical Education (at the primary/secondary school level) to fitness and health promotion.
I know it sounds bad, and I would have enjoyed being a P.E. teacher. I love kids and have a passion for childhood obesity, so I know I would have been happy helping kids stay active. Plus- I know how goofy I am, so I would have worked well with kids. But, the more I experienced what P.E. teaching meant by doing internships, the more I realized that my heart wasn’t in it. Sure- it would be fun to play handball and basketball with kids all day and motivate them to love being active. But I knew that I was meant to study more, to teach something different.
I was always just too scared to pursue this passion of mine because I thought that grad school wasn’t for me- like it was over my head & I would not even get into grad school. After taking the summer to think about what I was capable of, I decided to take the leap. Why the change?
Obviously I know that either profession would be worthwhile in the end and I would be able to impact people’s lives, teaching college level students was something that I felt a passion for deep in my heart and soul. I knew that, by teaching at the collegiate level, I would be an instrument in helping tons of future P.E. teachers, personal trainers, and physical therapists to impact millions of lives and encourage so many more to be healthy and active.
Right now, Kevin is taking a winter session class that I would going to take until I got my internship. Everyday, he tells me what he learned in class, and I get giddy with excitement! This excitement has really reminded me just how much I love to learn.
So, this week, I am thankful for… being blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dreams in education.
My Question For You Is…
~What are you thankful for this week?
~What is one of your aspirations or dreams?
See ya~ Kay