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

There are two events in recent years that changed my life forever. Although I currently live in Maryland, I was born in South Africa. Being from South Africa and my family helped shape me into who I was, but moving to the United States and having a new baby brother made me who I am now and I believe that attending University will help mold me into the woman I am to become.
I never really considered going to college or even had a direction of what I wanted in a career. After I graduated, I took a job waitressing to give me time to figure out what I wanted in life. When offered an opportunity to immigrate to the US to start a life and attend college, I jumped at the chance. I knew that I needed education to grow.
I started taking classes at Montgomery College. After taking all the prerequisites in English and writing, I chose to pursue Nursing. But then, my baby brother was born. I have had so much fun with him and watching him grow and learn has made me realize that teaching young children is truly my passion. It was an easy shift from Nursing to the Associates Degree program in Early Childhood Education at Montgomery College.
I have enjoyed every education class I have taken and am hoping to continue my education after receiving my Associates by transferring to a University to complete a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Ultimately, I would love to be a full-time teacher of first or second grade. This is the perfect age to utilize my personality, talents, and creative side.
Leaving South Africa in pursuit of better educational options was a very difficult decision, but it was one that has completely changed the trajectory of my life. Being accepted into the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will help me to realize my goal of being a teacher to nurture elementary students and give them a strong foundation for their future.

Nicole from Maryland
College Sophomore
Montgomery College