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

I didn’t know I wanted to be a teacher until my senior year of high school. Shocking, right? Most people know that they want to be a teacher when they’re young, like second or third grade. Not me, though. I had no idea what I wanted to do aside from learning more and more German. I absolutely adored German ever since I started taking it my freshman year. That should have tipped me off a little bit, I think. I had all this passion but nowhere to put it! That is, until I decided to be a teaching assistant to my German teacher. She offered up the spot and, since I had a study hall that hour, I said, “yeah, why not?” Best decision I’ve ever made. At first, I didn’t know if I could even do it. ‘Will I be good enough? How do I explain to them something I find shockingly easy? Can I be compassionate enough?’ And all that jazz. I think to the surprise of everyone, especially myself, I managed it. Well, I did more than manage it. I rocked it! It was truly an eye-opening experience. Now, I knew what I wanted to do. It helped me apply to the college I’m currently attending, if that says anything about how much of an impact it had on me. Without that German 1 class, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be saying, “I’m a German Education Major,” when I introduce myself in class. I definitely wouldn’t be saying, “hey, do you need help with grammar? I can proof-read your German essay, if you’d like.” I wouldn’t be as compassionate, passionate, inspired. I wouldn’t want to be a teacher, and that would definitely be a shame.

Rachel from Wisconsin
College Sophomore
UW-Oshkosh