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

Every Easter at my grandmother's house we have a big Easter egg hunt with all of my cousins and the eggs are filled with various coins my grandmother has collected over the course of the year and if you're really lucky a dollar bill. This particular Easter my great grandmother had come down to join the festivities and just so happened to catch me teaching my six-year-old cousin how to count his money. Upon stumbling across us she asked me if I had ever considered becoming a teacher. Throughout the afternoon she told me about her experiences as a teacher and how she was even able to console a suicidal student to prevent him from ending his own life. As someone who had struggled with depression myself, this really hit home, and I really thought about what helped me get through the hardest parts of it. Through it all, it became clear that there was one teacher I could always confide in and provided the guidance I needed. I never realized the impact teachers had played in my life and I realized that I wanted to do the same for others. Teachers reach extends so much further than the classroom. I wanted to be a teacher, to be the light at the end of the tunnel for those who are struggling, and to be a friendly face when the rest of the world is turning a cold shoulder.

Macey from Florida
College Sophomore
Polk State College