Monday, July 2, 2012

Finishing up my Master's

Sadly I have been unable to update my blog frequently this year.  However, I am now finished with my internship and all of my graded classes for my Master's degree. All I have left to finish the degree is some independent study work which I will be done with later this month.  It is a great feeling to know that I will very soon be licensed in Special Education.  I have no idea what the future holds as far as a teaching job, but I feel very prepared to take on whatever is handed to me.  This Summer I will be taking 2 different PRAXIS tests in order to gain certification in Middle Grades Language Arts and Special Education: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.  While this Summer isn't as relaxing as I would like, I am so thankful to have gotten as far as I have.  A few years ago I would have never thought that I'd be doing as much as I am now and have learned the amount that I have.  Getting a Master's degree has really inspired me to be a continual learner.  Throughout the process I've realized that no matter how many classes I take or how many books I read, there is always more that I can learn in order to be a better teacher.  It is especially rewarding to learn when you are doing it for your own good and not for the benefit of others.  I am lucky enough to be ending my degree with a 4.0 and what makes me the most proud is realizing that I did it for myself.  Not once did I say to myself, "I have to make an A so that 'so and so' will be impressed."  Rather, I worked hard because I enjoyed what I was learning and wanted to take in all that I could.  

I challenge everyone to learn something new for themselves.  Really think about something you want to accomplish for yourself. I had absolutely no help from anyone in deciding that I wanted to get my Master's but now I'm very grateful that I did what I wanted for myself.  

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Abraham Lincoln

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Napoleon Hill

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