Tonight marks the last class I will attend as a student. I have been a student so long I don’t really remember a time before I was a student. Probably because my brain is so full right now there is no room for memories before 2010. In fact, as I was looking for a photo from my first day of school those 7 long years ago, I kept seeing things I had forgotten we did as a family! Yikes! What does graduating grad school mean for me??
Over the last seven years, my children have become teenagers, I have closed a business, opened a new business and had some of the most horrible bosses and a few of the best bosses I will ever have. I have learned about education, art, leadership, business practices, literature, technical writing, and teaching. My parents moved away, my husband has totally switched career fields, I joined 2 honor societies and earned A’s in all classes except for 1. I have met lifetime friends and learned from some amazing minds and scholars. I will have three pieces of paper from this time in school — one for my Associates in Early Childhood Education, one for my Bachelors with an emphasis in Education and Leadership and one for my Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education.
What does this all mean for me? I am not sure. Going to school I thought I would be a teacher forever. I love infants and toddlers, I love working with families, but I learned I want to do something more than just make my classroom the best classroom. I want to work with parents and other teachers to make entire programs the best programs and help teachers and administrators bring their program to the highest level it can be. But, I live in a state where early childhood education is not valued. There is not state funding for early childhood education. None. The legislative body does not want to add any either. How am I going to make the difference I want to make, when it is not expected or even wanted in our state?
This means that is you ask me what is next after graduation, I will look at you with panic in my eyes. I don’t know. I know I do not want to go back into the classroom, but is there really a good fit for me anywhere? Can I find a place that my unique background as a business owner, student and teacher can flourish into something that enables the change that needs to happen? I know I need to find something fulfilling — the job I am in is easy, the people are fun to work with, but it does not feed my soul. I am ready to find that passion that makes me some money guys:)
For now, I will stay in my job. I will continue with Thrift Store. I will continue with this blog and have more time for it now that all of the papers are written. I will learn about fashion and I will continue my research on leadership in early childhood education. Beyond that, I don’t know. If you hear of something amazing for a person who has a passion for early childhood education and leadership — hit me up! And, if you have a cute baby to snuggle, I miss that immensely — let me know and I will snuggle them all day long!
For now, I will also enjoy the time my parents are in town, my other family is on their way and I get to walk on the iconic blue turf! What more could a graduate ask for:)