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A Passion for Learning


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hey, Mom and Dad… I want to change my major. Panic! Panic!

Okay, so I’ve never changed my major. I declared it as history before I even arrived at YHC. It was the one subject that I could see devoting four more years of schooling to. 

At the time, though, I had no idea what my minor would be. A minor can enhance your marketability. One of my history professors, Dr. Byron, told me a friend of his had a biology major and history minor, but decided to study history in graduate school. She used her minor to make that dream come true. I entertained the idea of an English minor, but I decided that didn’t suit me.

I thought pre-law may suit me and attended an information session on it my sophomore year. After the session, I was scared to death because of just how few students get into law school. During the session, I heard someone make an offhand comment about going into teaching since law is too difficult. 

That thought moved several gears in my head. I’ve always been interested in education and I’ve always wanted to learn. It seemed to be a natural fit. 

Around this time, we were scheduling classes for the next semester. I got into one of Dr. Brunner’s “Introduction to Education” classes. I was hesitant at first, but before I knew it, I’d taken four education classes. I observed in public school classes as a practicum education students, where my duties included creating a two-week lesson plan and giving several lessons including a 30-minute one to a bunch of third graders. 

After a few semesters, I decided the education program was not for me. I don’t regret leaving the program, and I don’t regret being a part of it. Because of my education classes and practicum, I now have public speaking skills. When I started going to YHC, I was not a strong speaker. I remember giving one speech with my knees jolting the entire time. Now I know how to keep people’s attention. I’ve learned how to just glance at a PowerPoint and then look back to the crowd and talk. I know how to break a complex concept into its component parts in order to teach students. I’m confident in front of people—a big deal for a loner like me.

I won’t graduate in the spring with a minor because all of my elective courses are filled up with education classes, but they were worth it. I have skills that will serve me well in the real world. 

-John

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