You are never too old to dream a new dream and create who you want to be.
So tonight I am preparing for my first day of teaching as an actual registered teacher. I signed up for University 5 years ago to study part time. I would have liked to go full time but needed to keep my job going to contribute to the finances. I remember when I first signed up and received my study details and course information. I could feel like a panic attack coming on, the fight or flight kicking in but I kept on reading thinking I can do this. I was a mature age student but I knew there were plenty of us out there. And was my big chance to finally achieve my lifelong dream of being a teacher.
As a little child I loved dressing up and pretending I was a teacher. With my loyal greyhound and best friend Narelle played school with my dolls and teddies. When I was a teen I believed University was only for the rich. I think you had to pay as you learn back then. But in Australia we are very lucky now as our Government gives us the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS loan). This is a loan for the tuition and you pay it back once your degree is completed. And you have started work and earn a certain amount of income. A percentage of your wage repays the HECS loan.
So after years of study, learning so much about education I am ready to dive into the teaching pool. I know I am ready yet the unknown ahead gives me some butterflies. But I know it is time to jump in and start swimming. This is the way we learn by jumping in boots and all and just swimming with the flow.
I do feel proud to achieve my dream and I knew I could do it. But there were some days when I really had to push on regardless. There were tough moments when I thought to myself, is this really worth it? Well I feel like I accomplished what I set out to do. And it really does make you feel like you did something wonderful. My family are proud of me and my daughter is also graduating her degree with me. A big cause for a double celebration, how often do Mums and kids graduate together? It isn’t that rare I discovered on Google, but I do think it is very special. I am so proud of my daughter and know she is happy for me. I also hope my parents can see this from Heaven as I also dedicated my study journey to them. I now am their only child who did University. It took a few years for me to get there and I know they would say we knew you could do it.
So tomorrow marks a huge day in my life. I will walk in the door knowing it is a wonderful new beginning, one I am so looking forward to.
Remember you can definitely achieve what you set your mind on. Perseverance, discipline and hard work make it all a successful reality.
By: El Jay
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