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

Coming from a single parent household, living below the poverty line for my K-12 years, I began to notice patterns throughout my grade school education. I noticed that the schools that I went to didn't have that many books in them, and the books that we did have were old or falling apart. Although I often excelled, I noticed that this was not something that was expected of me or my peers by many of our teachers. I noticed that we had more students suspended, or in the SAFE room than we had students inside the classroom. I noticed the days that I was hungry, learning was the last thing on my mind. When I got older, it occurred to me that every student everywhere did not share this same experience. But kids who looked like me or who came from cities like mine often did. When I realized the educational inequity that many students from marginalized communities often face, I knew then that rather than telling everyone what we should do to change it or just thinking about it, I had to get in on the ground floor and do something about it. I'm willing to do whatever it takes for every student that I encounter in the future to feel seen and heard, and take ownership of their education. Becoming good people with a never-ending appetite for learning. Students of all communities deserve that, and I want to be a part of sharing that with them.

India from Kentucky
College Junior
University of Kentucky