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

Throughout my four years of high school, I had my mind set on what I had planned to do in the future. This plan consisted of going to college then partaking in Law Enforcement Academy to become a cop and eventually reach my goal of being a detective. With this goal in mind, I set out to see an advisor to help me find the classes I needed. As I sat and waited to be seen, I noticed a poster hanging on the wall. On this poster was a simple question, have you thought about becoming an elementary school teacher? At this moment I began to think of my past experiences that would help answer the question. I thought of the many years I had spent helping children through my church, the many times I had tutored not only my younger siblings but my fellow students as well as some of my family friends. I also began to remember the many years I had spent as a babysitter for kids of all ages. With all this in mind, I began to question the path I had set for myself. I had spent four years wanting to go into law enforcement to become a detective, then all of sudden in the span of a couple of minutes my mind had been changed. As I sat there looking at this poster, not only did I think of what occurred in my past, I also thought of the impact I could make on future students. Out of all my teachers, the one that sticks out to me the most was my second-grade teacher. This is the reasoning behind my choice to be a second-grade teacher. All my life I've had teachers help me succeed and become the person I am today, which makes me want to be that person for others. To be able to be there for a child, be a friend, be a mentor, be a person they want to be like is the main reason behind my wanting to be a teacher. Not because of the money, or the hours, or the difficulty of the job, but because I could change the life of one student is why I want to pursue a teaching degree.

Michael from North Carolina
College Junior
East Carolina University