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

The earliest memories I can recall in my childhood are those when I was sidled up to my older sister, Amy, as she read me books that I could not yet read to myself. Even before I started to go to school, I remember being enchanted by thoughts of endless candy and telekinetic powers from Roald Dahl’s books, and as I grew older, I found my home in libraries, sitting there for hours each week to read a new story. In high school, I joined a four-year Humanities program, which further augmented my love for literature and creative expression. I continued to excel in my English classes, specifically, and as I completed my coursework, I also tutored younger students and walked them through difficult concepts in grammar and literary analysis. I found great joy in helping others succeed in my favorite subject, and as I entered college, I kept the idea of teaching English in the back of my mind.

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
College Junior
University of Maryland College Park