Last Thursday was the start of a new series about life as a twenty something. If you haven’t read last weeks Twenty Something Advice: Don’t plan your life based on what other people expect I’d recommend it. The initial idea was to have a series of advice about life in your twenties from fellow twenty somethings, but today’s post is a struggle that many twenty somethings face.
This is a guest post by college friend Kristi. Kristi is a teacher, photographer, wife & friend. We met in the dorms at UNT in 2002.
My mom never wanted me to be a photographer, so I started out as a Vet Tech major in college. After a year I was still passionate about photography. I went to art school, but then I was too scared to go after what I wanted. After getting married and being stationed in a po-dunk town without options, I decided to become a teacher. I took a junior high/middle school art position. I’ve heard people say it’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. I have to say it is DAMN hard to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th graders art. Every single one of them thinks they know everything, and really they know nothing. I can’t say that I love teaching yet, but I’m getting there. It’s been a hard start, but the kids are finally getting used to me and me to them. I don’t want just another job. I’ve had jobs since I was 10. I want to be at work but not feel like I am working. I want a life-long career that I love! I bitched about my job at UNT because it was too mindless. Now I have the most challenging career ever, and I’m still not happy.
Why I can’t I let myself be happy!!!
Probably because all I hear all day long is: Mr. So-and-so didn’t do it like that or we did this same thing last year.
Almost all of my classes consist of mixed grades: 7th with 8th graders or 6th and 7th graders together. My other 2 classes are just 8th graders and then just 6th graders. And to top it off, students at my school can take art every year! The new teacher doesn’t know how else to teach besides from the beginning, so it is so frustrating!!! Just when I think I’ve found a really cool project to do, I have to hear they’ve already done it or done something like it.
Teachers I teach with and ones I don’t teach with all say that the first year is the hardest. Almost every teacher I’ve talked to says that she wanted to quit during her first year. I’m sticking it out. Every week is getting a little better and more fun. I’m just ready to jump to the point where I really love it, and it’s not just another job.
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Do you have any advice/struggles/ideas about life as a twenty something? I am looking for more guest posts on this weekly topic.