You Think Finals Are Hard?

, , , | Learning | August 12, 2020

I am a secondary education major in college. One of the requirements to get into the secondary ed program is to write an essay on why we want to be a secondary ed teacher. Our advisor has to sign off on the essay before we can submit it to the education department for our final approval to join the program.

Because of the timing of the program and the semesters, I only have about three weeks during the end of fall semester — on top of fall semester finals — to get the essay written, signed, and submitted before everyone goes home for Christmas break; secondary ed program classes start with spring semester.

After reading through my essay, this is what my advisor says.

Advisor: “This is really good. Definitely good enough to get you into the program. But… I still think it can be better. I’m not going to approve it yet; I want to see what you can come up with to make it better, and then I’ll read it again.”

As disappointed and stressed as I am with everything else going on at the time, I scramble to rewrite the essay. I end up using the most boring “why I want to be a teacher” cliches online and turn it back in to him. He rifles through the pages without actually reading a single word… and then signs off on my ORIGINAL essay.

Advisor: “I just wanted to see what you would do. Being a teacher means being prepared to change your plans at the last minute and come up with a whole new lesson plan, so I’m just giving you a taste of what that feels like!”

Fortunately, that was the last time I really needed anything from him as my advisor, beyond mandatory check-ins on my grades once every semester, so I was largely able to avoid him for my last year and a half of school.

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