A few weeks ago I was chatting with someone when they asked, “What would you consider to be your biggest career mistake?” What a loaded question, y’all. I mean, me make a mistake? That’s clearly never happened. Instead of saying something ridiculous like “forgetting my lunch and having to buy cafeteria food on the reg”, I gave a serious response for what seems like the first time in a while.
The biggest mistake I’ve made in my career is settling on a path without thinking of the possibilities. For as long as I can remember, I didn’t even entertain the thought of being anything but a teacher. My mom and dad are educators, my aunts are educators, and I’ve spent more time in schools than any one child probably should. And I loved every second of it. I loved setting up my parents’ classrooms, I loved hanging out at their school after I left my own, and I loved the idea of having my own students one day. I can honestly say that the hardest decision I made in college was choosing between early childhood and elementary education. There weren’t other options for my future. At least, I didn’t think there were.
If I could give one tip to entering freshman, it would be to take on an extra class or two. I know, I’m lame for that. But, man, I wish I had signed up for more classes outside of my major. Music theory? Sure! Marketing? Okay! Yoga? Bring it! I still might have gone the education route in the end, but no one could say I didn’t try other things. At the very least, it would have made me a more well-rounded student.
Blogging has definitely been like going back to school for me. Coding? What is that? Social media? Like, there’s more than just Facebook? I’ve learned so much since I started this little ol’ blog, and it’s shown me that I have a few skills I didn’t know about. My future looks different than it did 9 years ago when I headed off to my little college dorm room. I will always love teaching and working with children, but it’s just a part of my interests now.
All of this rambling was to say that Friday was my last day in my classroom. It’s still really hard to believe, but I know I did the right thing. And that “chat” I mentioned earlier? The one with the tougher than normal questions? That was a job interview. I start down a new path on Monday and I could not be more excited about it.
I’ll explain more about the new position later, but I can say that it’s extremely social-media heavy. I guess you guys are stuck with me forever now. Sorry about that.