I thought maybe it would be good to write a less-baby-centric post every so often.
Last year around this time, I was trying to decide whether or not I wanted to start trying for a baby, or go back to grad school. Of course, the baby won, mostly because there’s no real time limit on when I can go back to school if I choose to, and there is a slight time limit on the baby.
Anyway, right now, a couple of my friends are in the process of applying to grad school, and the whole idea of grad school is still a magical one for me. In high school, I was an ok student, I passed, I took the SAT’s (awful), I got into a local school and managed to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship. But it wasn’t until I got into my second year at Kennesaw State that I really took to learning. Once I was able to learn things I was actually interested in, and able to choose my own classes, a completely new world opened up to me. If I wanted to take American Literature, I could. If I wanted to take an Alfred Hitchcock film class, I could. I really flourished my last two years at Kennesaw and although I’m very thankful I was able to get a great job right after school that made it easy for me to save some money, part of me still wishes I would have gone straight through and applied to grad school. It certainly would have made the teacher certification process a little less daunting (but that’s a whole other post altogether).
There’s a really great article over at Online MBA that reiterates that point: Education is Wasted on the Young, Grad School is Not.
If I were able to tell my 16-year-old self to appreciate the learning process a little more, I would. Also, not to sound preachy, but I think current teachers can really push their students to appreciate the learning process more. A good number of my friends are teachers, and they are (in my humble opinion) some of the most important individuals in our community. Eventually, whether it’s by going back to grad school myself, or finally getting my alternate certification process under way, I hope I can one day help a student appreciate a love for literature. That’s the goal, anyway.