Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.

Disappointment is an emotion that rarely leads to wonderful situations. It leaves us feeling that we are unworthy, useless. Still, sometimes our worse emotions lead to the best realizations. I’ve always wanted to go to college, but the moment I genuinely realized how important college was during one of my most haunting mistakes; failing chemistry. Though I survived and thrived in every other course sophomore year, I failed chemistry.
I felt like a disappointment, especially compared to my peers. If everybody else in my class understood chemistry why couldn’t I? Why did I have to make this horrible mistake that would follow me on my high school transcripts? Every college and scholarship I’d apply to will see this, why would it happen to me?
What I expected from credit recovery at my neighborhood school was a repeat of my horrifying experience in chemistry before with peers who were much more disobedient. What I received, however, was a learning experience with a great teacher and two growing friendships with girls going to rigorous schools like mine.
However, I was around seniors who hadn’t gone to schools that pushed them to college, and one day I heard this in their conversations with our teacher, Ms. Williams:
“Kids from the hood don’t go to college! We just don’t get the chances to do that.”
Ms. Williams then pointed to my group of girls and stated “They’re from the inner-city! They all have dreams of going to college. Why can’t you?”
When she said that I noticed something that never hit me so well before; because of my family support structure and my own passions I’ve always known that college was my goal, but many of my peers in southeast D.C. will never go to college because they never thought they could.
After reflecting on this situation I realized I needed to be an educator. So many students from neighborhoods like mine fail once and are told they can never succeed in college or beyond. I need to be there to tell them they can.

Carly from District of Columbia
College Freshman
North Carolina Central University