5.13.2011

The Road Ahead

Happy Friday everyone!  Glad to see Blogger is finally working again!  My post on The Help from yesterday has seemingly disappeared, but hopefully it will come back soon!

I thought I'd take today to share a little bit of the road ahead for me with y'all given that I've now finished my 4th Year of college.


My parents just left, and have moved out all of my stuff with the exception of my bedding and the clothes I'll need for tonight and tomorrow.  It's pretty odd, being in this empty dorm room.

I'm sure a few of you are confused, because I've talked about my undergrad experience and also the fact that I'm working on my Masters of Teaching.  I'm in UVA's Curry School of Education which is a 5 Year program, where you work on your undergraduate degree and master's degree at the same time and allows you to get your master's in one extra year rather than two.  So since my third year, I have been dual enrolled in undergraduate and graduate level classes.  I'm graduating early from the program and am doing it in four and a half years and am now officially a graduate student.  Tomorrow I will leave my dorm and go home for a day and half and then return to Cville for the start of summer school on Monday.  I will have three weeks of summer school to take two classes which are the culminating classes for my Master's.  I then will go home for the summer at the beginning of June and will nanny Cuties A and B.  August brings the start of student teaching in a 1st grade class.  I am doing my student teaching from home and will graduate with my Bachelor's in psychology and Master's of Teaching in January.  I plan to apply for Teach for America in the fall as well.  This is a very exciting time for me and though I've loved college, I'm really ready for the next chapter in my life.  

This will be me full time starting in the Fall!

I only hope that I grow as close with the students and teacher in my student teaching placement as I have my field placement class this semester!

I'm sure this summer and student teaching will bring many new and exciting adventures, which I can't wait to share with you!

Any tips for me as I embark on this next phase of my life?

Have a great weekend!

24 comments:

  1. SO exciting! I was wondering what you were doing with school in terms of graduating/ graduate classes, now I know! I hope you have a restful weekend and are ready for just a little more school!

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  2. That's wonderful that you are embracing change. That's definitely the way to approach it. And your program sounds amazing!!

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  3. Isn't it strange to be in an empty room? A year ago this weekend I was a graduate. Time flies, so enjoy stilling being in school :)

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  4. That is so exciting!!! And it's so cool that you're going to be a teacher!! I'm looking into special education for a major in college!

    XOXO Hannah

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  5. Ahhhh, student teaching!
    That was years ago for me, but I remember those kiddos like it was yesterday. Now I have spent many (MANY) years as a kindergarten teacher and still love it as much as the day I started! If you ever need anything, give me a shout! Hope the summer is filled with loads of Lilly and laughs for you my dear!

    Love,
    Mrs. Kindergarten

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  6. Congrats!! One of my roommates from this year is in the Curry School! It's so great to see you accomplish your dreams and I can't wait to hear about your post undergrad life!

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  7. Congrats!!! Enjoy your little break :) My Thursday post disappeared too and isn't even in my list of posts to re-publish! I've been bored all day waiting for blogs to read! Have a great weekend!

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  8. All I have to say is *WOW*!!! That is a lot to take on, but you are one ambitious girl! That is so cool that you have such a great focus and direction for your life, it will definitely take you far, my dear! Enjoy your short break!

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  9. Congrats! Congrats! Advice... do what you love and never look back! -Ann

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  10. Wishing you all the best as you embark on your next phase - my advice is to keep a small journal of your wishes and to surround yourself with love.
    pve

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  11. Congrats! Apply for teaching jobs in Raleigh....specifically one school. :)

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  12. so many exciting things ahead of you! embrace them all and enjoy them!

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  13. I will never forget the day my own Dad drove away with my van full of things, leaving me alone in my rent house to close things up and say my goodbyes. What a day. Little did I know that my greatest days were waiting for me down the road! My best advice is to not get ahead of yourself. Try your hardest to appreciate your phase (whatever it may be) for what it is and enjoy being in that moment. You will get where you're going soon enough, so enjoy the ride! Congrats on this next phase of your life!

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  14. Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I love it when people comment! :) I am so glad that you are ready for the next phase of your life, because I am totally not. haha I graduated from NCSU yesterday and have no idea what the world has next for me! I just hope it is a wonderfully fun experience trying to figure it out. :)

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  15. yeah for you!!! That is so exciting:) I have a Special Education for 5 years!!!

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  16. I agree with Patricia! Keep a journal and not only write down your wishes but truly set goals for yourself. I've kept my list in my Bible and love being able to check things of of this list and giggle at some of the things that I wrote years ago. Wishing you the most fulfilling summer/fall and all that lies ahead for you. Oh the Places You'll Go to quote Dr. Seuss!

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  17. Everything happens for a reason! Good luck with your future endeavors!

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  18. Congrats to you ~ what a truly exciting time in your life. My only words of wisdom are to just enjoy each and every day...life is short!

    "To thine own self be true."

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  19. Eeh Iove seeing your teaching photos and can't wait to hear about your experiences! We will have to keep each other updated and share ideas. I leave in two weeks for institute - AHHH! I'm freaking out a little :) I also might be teaching grades 4-8 range now so a little younger. But not sure, it's still up in the air. And you're a grad student, wow!! You are going to be a wonderful teacher. Congratulations. Do you live in dorms all 4 years at UVA? Just curious!

    xo
    Maddie

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  20. K can I have your life?
    1. I want to do teach for america.
    2. I want a masters
    3. Student Teaching is THE best!
    4. So fun that you are a nanny!!

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  21. So excited for all that lies ahead for you! Great pictures of you in the classroom! It's awesome that you get to finish your master's in 1 year rather than 2! Isn't it great being a nanny? I did that for 4 years living in Athens and I miss it so much! xoxo

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  22. Speedy new! Finishing in 4.5. It's all kind of sad isn't it? Bit somehow still exciting! You're almost there!

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  23. I am very happy to see your post.You are working a great job.Teaching is a good profession.I am also a teacher.Through your work I have courage to do something extraordinary.

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  24. These pictures shows great interest.One thing which i ever found in your post that is excitement.Every students in pictures look like a happy fellow.So this is the beauty of college life.

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