Why Teach for America?

It’s probably not surprising to most people that I have a desire to work in education considering the fact that both my parents and all three of my older siblings are all involved in education in some way. However, what some people may find surprising is why I chose to appteach-for-america2.pngly for TFA and why I chose to accept a position teaching in South Dakota.

Going in to college, I wanted to graduate and then go straight on to law school. I strongly believe that your time at college is meant to challenge your views and shape your opinions. Wake Forest did just that and more. My desire to go into education really began my junior when I took a politics of public education class as part of my politics and international affairs major. This course really opened my eyes to the many, many issues that exist in our nation’s education system. This class (along with some first-hand experience in a law firm) changed my life plans. It made me realize that my passions no longer lied in law, but in helping students achieve all the can and working to improve the status of our education system as a whole.

Enter, Teach for America.

This program really came to my attention at a time when I was confused about where to go next. I knew I didn’t want to invest three years and a lot of money into law school when I was now unsure about whether or not I actually wanted to become an attorney. However, I had come to this realization too late to take the GRE and apply for grad school programs.

While I want to eventually return to school and earn my Masters in Public in Policy with a focus on education I truly believe that the best way to know what students, teachers, and administrators need is to get real life, in the classroom experience. So, I sent in my application for TFA. I got a phone interview, I got an in person interview, and then I found out I was accepted into the program and had been placed in South Dakota to teach elementary school.

I was thrilled to get into the program, but I’ll be honest and say that I was hesitant about accepting my placement in SoDak. But, the more I learned about the region, the more I realized this is where I need to be. I’m thrilled to be embarking on this new journey and to share all the change I’m about to encounter with you all! I head out tomorrow and I hope y’all check back for updates and lots and lots of pictures

 

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