Last night was a late night. I fell asleep at about eleven. (That is a good time to go to sleep right? Well not last night; I had far too much to do to go to sleep so early.)
Well I woke up at about 2 am. I jumped up out of bed and put myself in “high gear.”
By 5 am I had completed everything and I was ready to go to bed. So I took a 2 hour nap, only to be awakened by my roommate's alarm clock at 6 something in the morning... I finally rolled out of bed at about 7 and got ready for the day.
The reason that I told you so many details about me getting up and how much I had to do last night is because today I had my Senior Exit Interview. Perhaps one of the biggest days in my life at Judson College.
In the Education Department, we present our work from our student teaching placements. This presentation is in front of the entire Education department. That may sound a bit scary, but honestly I wasn’t even nervous.
(If you can stand in front of high school students all day, then you can present your work to your education peers and professors. Sometimes high school students could care less what you are trying to teach them, but at this interview everyone is interested, everyone CARES.)
At the presentation I shared my Eportfolio. You should check it out and while you are at it you could send it to your local principal if you wanted. :) I do need a job after all.
It was so great to share my work with everyone. It was also a sad moment. Dr. Sheek, one of the education teachers, also one of the most wonderful women on campus, read a section from a children's book. The section was about birds leaving the nest. Honestly, I sat in my seat holding back tears (as I do right now as well) because as excited as I am to be finishing college, I am sad as well to leave such wonderful people behind. I feel like I am one of Dr. Sheek’s birds. We started Judson College together. She began teaching here when I transferred in and now I must leave the nest. She is the best teacher that I have ever had. She cares so much about the Judson Girls and really wants us to do well. I know that I am prepared, Dr. Sheek and the education department made sure of that, but it is a happy and sad time.
I should probably move on before I cry too much....
Some amazing girls came to my interview too. Anna, Jill, Sally, Anna M. - you girls mean the world to me. Thank you so much for being there.
After it was all over with, Brandy, Heather, and I (all seniors that completed student teaching) went to Mrs. Massey’s, the education certification officer, office. We began working on our certification paperwork.
So all of this means that I am finished with college because I PASSED the interview and student teaching.
WOW!! Do you know what that means?
I am a TEACHER!
Like a real, living and breathing, giver of knowledge.
Yea that is a lot to say all at once. Take a deep breath in and out, that is what I needed to do. (You high school seniors will know a little bit of what I am talking about when May comes.) I have so many emotions right know.
- I am super excited to be done student teaching; I loved it, but it was time to move on.
- I am glad to have a BS degree.
- I am ecstatic. I can get a legit job now. (Actually I worked on my application for the State Department of Education. I have a few more blanks to fill in and then I can hit the “submit” button. From there it is in God’s hands.) I honestly do not care where I work. I am just excited to have the opportunity to be in my own classroom with students that I can teach.
- I am slightly nervous because I have no immediate plans, but I trust that God will take care of me. I am moving back home with my mom and plan to substitute teach until a door is opened somewhere.
- I am sad because I have to leave my best friends, my Judson sisters.
Well, I must say that even though I am finished with school, I still have that college student procrastination in my blood. I should be packing my room right now, yet I have decided to write an EXTREMELY long blog.
But I do need to begin packing, so I guess that means that this is all for now. I will write to you again soon I promise. I have to keep you updated on my job search and my grad school search. Both of which will require great amounts of time and energy.
~For the love of Mother Judson, Ann Kirtley, and Sandra Fowler~
I love you all!