Confessions of an Education Major
I would like preface this post by saying that I believe that I am incredibly blessed to be studying at the University of Georgia, which has one of the top Early Childhood Education programs in the entire nation (It ranked at #3 last time I checked). It is imperative that I say that before I…
I know I made a mushy post yesterday about John, iamjohnallen, but I’m just really blessed that he supports me, encourages me, and tries to remind me of what matters on the tough days.
Also, he said he “has the hots” for me on his radio show today.
That is all.
So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.
Confessions of an Education Major
I would like preface this post by saying that I believe that I am incredibly blessed to be studying at the University of Georgia, which has one of the top Early Childhood Education programs in the entire nation (It ranked at #3 last time I checked). It is imperative that I say that before I continue.
Every since I’ve changed my major from Mass Media Arts to Early Childhood Education, I feel like my perspective of the world and how the world receives me has 100% changed. I felt like, and still feel like, my decision to shift my field of study was well thought out and passion-driven, which I thought so many people would respect. And while I am so wonderfully blessed to have the sweet support of my family, I feel like the majority of the people I come into contact with have changed their opinion about me or how they interact with me drastically.
Before, I was seen as someone who was an intellectual. Now I have people tell me to my face that they find it hard to believe that the material in my current education classes could possibly have much depth. If my non-education peers were in my classes, not only would they have a greater, deeper understanding of their world through the multitude of intellectual readings, but they would be extremely challenged mentally and emotionally to actually put what they are learning into practice.
And the fact that you think that children’s books don’t have a deeper meaning, a political agenda, or a great amount of thought behind them in order to raise up a generation of learners, then you are the lesser thinker, my friend. Not me.
Before, I was seen as someone who was rising to a challenge. Now I receive genuine chuckles when people ask how school is going and I reply with, “I’m really enjoying it, but it’s the most challenging thing I have ever embarked on in my life.”, followed by a shallow apology and a sorry explanation for why they don’t think studying Early Childhood Education is intellectually demanding.
Before, I was seen as someone who was productive. Now I have the hardest time convincing people that, “No, I really can’t hang out. I actually do have to study and do work for my Early Childhood Education classes. And, no, it is not finger painting.” Yes, I write papers. Yes, I do research. Yes, I do field work. And, yes, it’s a heck of a lot of work.
Before, I was seen as someone who was passionate. Now, I am seen as someone who “gave up” on being a documentarian to pursue what some people have described to me, and to my face, as “a boring lifestyle” and an occupation that “people do as a result of failure”.
No. I am passionate. Losing passion is the last possible thing that could have happened when I changed my major.
I changed my major because I have a passion.
I am passionate about encouraging and educating children.
I am passionate about understanding different walks of life so I can better show compassion and understanding.
I am passionate about learning and helping others be passionate about learning too.
I am passionate about loving people who are unloved.
I am passionate about people.
And that is why I am an education major.
I am sick and tired of allowing people to make me feel incredibly small because of my passion to educate and encourage. To those of you reading this, encourage educators, take them seriously, let them be passionate about what they are passionate about.
Because they are the ones who are encouraging the next generation to pursue their passions. And they are the ones who probably encouraged you to pursue your passions in the first place.
ALL DOGS SEE YOU AT YOUR MOST UNFLATTERING ANGLE WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE TWELVE THOUSAND CHINS AND THEY ARE STILL SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR BEAUTIFUL SELF THAT THEIR ENTIRE BODY VIBRATES, HOW GREAT IS THAT?