Having a Facebook Page 

Yes, it’s been sometime since I have made a blog post. If you know me and the career path I plan to take, I have to wrap things up with my internship. In the midst of that, I decided to create a facebook page for my blog. Make sure to click on this link so you can  see what I have on my timeline so far. 

Also, I plan on coming back with some content but it will take me a while. During the meantime, comment below anything you would like to see on here. See you soon. 

How I Prepared for College

When preparing for my college experience, this was a no brainer to me. With the help of my high school counselor, college prep. advisor, and college flyers coming into the mail every second, it was impossible to slack on finding a college that is suitable for myself and for my future career. For this blog post, I am going to display steps that I took to prepare for college.

Below are the steps I went by and my thoughts on each

  • Research on my college: I did an extensive amount of research on the college that I wanted to attend. I did just as the flyer told me, “go on our website to find out more on our school.” There I looked for my major and the scores for each college prep exam I was to take.
  • Campus Visit: I visit this college campus more than once which meant that everything was very familiar to me. During my visit, the tour guide gave me a folder with all of the essentials I needed to be accepted in the school along with what they had to offer. I even went into each building just to see the size of the classrooms that I would be in soon.
  • Acceptance Student Day: This was an event that I attended after my acceptance to the college. Here I got the chance to meet those who were to be in my class soon and participate in different fun activities as a way of getting to know everyone.

There were other ways that I prepared for my college such as studying for the SAT and ACT, writing my essay for the college, and filling out an application in order to become accepted. The preparations I took were strenuous at times, but well worth it. My suggestion to you is to go by the steps I took and beyond so you can be as prepared when accepted to the college.

Comment below if you would like for me to write blog posts on ways I got to know my classmates and more college preparation posts with different exams.

Saving Money Before College

Saving money for college is crucial enough being an upcoming college student, but saving money as an upcoming teacher is  highly essential. The items in which you would want to save your money are:  

  • Teacher Certificate Exams- These exams cost hundreds of dollars to take. This is one reason why you want to take these early enough and pass them the first time. 
  • Clothing- As a teacher, you cannot wear what you normally wear in your everyday lives or if you are to go out for the night in town. You need enough money to purchase clothes that would be appropriate not only for your future teaching but also for fieldwork experiences and student teaching (this is one thing your master teacher focuses on when grading you). 
  • Parking Fee (Commuters)- If you are a commuter, you have to come out of pocket to reserve your space to park. If not, you become ticketed and have to pay double the amount compared to your commuter parking fee. 
  • Room and Board (Residents)- If you are a resident student, you would have to pay for your room and board along with your tuition for the semester. Compared to commuters, residents have a lot of money to spend…so start saving right away if you pan on becoming a resident student at your dream college. 
  • Textbooks- You would think that it would be inexpensive right? Think again. Some books are inexpensive, others cost hundreds of dollars. My suggestion for purchasing textbooks is to rent used ones. that are in good condition. 
  • Miscellaneous- This goes for whatever you want from food off-campus to social events your friends invite you to. It is definitely important to contribute when taking a break from the workload. 

Those are common items that you have to pay for when going to college. My suggestion as to saving money before college is to not spend unnecessary money. This is what happened to me in the very beginning of my college experience; I spent money on unnecessary items until I had to do last-minute spending on clothing and teacher certificate exams. If you are a high school student who is working to spend money, try saving it for college spending unless of an emergency. 

Comment below ways in which you save money for college spending. 

All About the Education Field

Starting at the age of 4, I knew at that moment that I wanted to become a teacher. What came with my primary vocation was something I was not prepared for. My journey in terms of my future career path came in at the age of 4 but progressed throughout. In eighth grade, I declared my decision on becoming a math teacher. The reason being I did great on all homework assignments and exams provided. The same happened all throughout high school with keeping good grades in all my math classes. Moving into college,  I was indeed prepared to start my college journey into learning the essentials I need to become an effective teacher. Everything was good and then the second semester of my freshmen year came in. There were many obstacles that I faced from getting my mandatory exams out of the way to struggling in a course that was for my original major: Adolescent Eucation in Mathmatics with the Certfictation of SWD (Students with Disablities). That same summer, I decided I wanted to switch my concentration from adolescent to childhood. I knew it would be a lot for me to cover with my future students, but I was willing to make that change (my mom and sister been told me about my choice in who I wanted to teach, but I did not listen until it was too late). 

That was a little blurb (or a mouthful that I just fed you) on what I am going to discuss in this post. Here are the following tips that I suggest to you before making your final decision on your career:

  • Research: This is key to choosing the right concentration that you would like to teach. I did not do that; I went head first into my major thinking I wanted to teach older students math. While you do your research, search which courses you would have to take before making your final decision and the exams you would have to take alongside pricing. 
  • Choose the right concentration: This would come after you conducted your research on which concentration would best fit you and the one you feel you would enjoy the most in the near future. 
  • Go by what your advisor tells you: The first two are important, but this is the most important tip. These advisors within the teacher education department were once teachers and know what they are talking about regarding adequate information to their advisees. They provide you information on when to take teacher certificate exams to when you should attend mandatory workshops. When procrastinating on any of these, you have a tendency to rush to find allotted time to take these exams and finding available times to attend mandatory workshops. I once procrastinated on taking my exams and attending the workshops and then I went for it. 

With pushing forward, I got all of my exams and workshops out of the way, now I’m anticipating on my student teaching to come. Take it from someone who is a college student, research on your major and go by what former teachers/ advisors tell you. It will pay off in the long run. 

If you have anymore questions in terms of the education major, comment them below. Also, I have more posts coming out that will help you to prepare for college and the price that comes with it.