Write an essay where you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to become a teacher.
Admittedly, I did explore a variety of alternative career options during my first year in college, as both my sisters had entered into the profession and told me about their challenges in the classroom. However, as I began my work as a Resident Assistant on campus, I again recognized that one of my greatest passions in life is seeing people grow. I loved working with students from diverse backgrounds and contexts, and I also took on a TA position which further awakened my passion for teaching and investing in others. Even as I considered other careers, I could not shake this central longing to do something meaningful with my life, something that would truly help others more than myself. As my love for literature and my passion for people rose to forefront of my life, I finally and honestly recognized that being an English educator was the best way to see my passions converge and make a difference in the lives of those around me, and now I cannot imagine myself pursuing or being content in any other field.
Abigail from Maryland
University of Maryland College Park