Brace yourselves, ladies and gentleman, this is my first time writing a blog.
I wish I could tell you that I knew ever since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a teacher, but that simply isn’t true. To be honest, I wanted to be a professional ballerina throughout my childhood. Of course, my love for ballet will never disappear completely. However, once I grew up and realized that the chances of becoming a professional ballerina were inexplicably low, I had to explore other interests.
Beginning with a trip to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2013, I developed a passion for history. I soon found myself reading historical fiction novels and watching the History Chanel, and it became my new favorite subject in school.
Fast forward to senior year: the “college applications and visits, SAT tests, FAFSA season” was upon us. I only had a few colleges in mind, including my local community college, a SUNY school, and, lo and behold, Niagara University.
After talking to some relatives, one being a current NU student, and a few alumni, I decided to give Niagara a closer look. I applied and was accepted into the history program and, in December of 2015, I came for a visit and interview. Finally, once I received my financial aid package, all the pieces came together more cohesively than I ever thought possible. Niagara rose above my previous “first-choice” college, and I now consider choosing NU to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Next, it came down to what I wanted to do as a career involving a history degree. Then it hit me: What about teaching? I’ll be honest, teaching was always in the back of my mind, but I wanted to explore other options as well.
After much research and many conversations with my high school history teachers, I decided that teaching was what I wanted to do. I love children and I had an overall good experience in high school. These factors influenced me to the point where I could see myself teaching a high school history class as a career. Therefore, I went from studying in the history program to education 7-12, social studies.
I am proud to say that I am also currently working in the College of Education’s Dean’s Office on a work-study grant. I am so fortunate to have a job that I truly enjoy and to be able to make connections with those who will have a direct impact on my career preparation.
What I would like everyone to know is that Niagara University really has something to offer for everyone, especially in the College of Education. I am an example of how an individual can turn any passion into a teaching career.
And, the College of Education is not restricted to just teaching. An individual can become a school principal or superintendent, a guidance counselor, an administrator, a mental health counselor, and so much more.
Call it divine intervention, call it instinct, or call it fate; whatever you want to call it, I knew this is where I was meant to be as soon as my parents and I drove into campus. The love and compassion that runs through the spirit of all Niagara hearts is simply overwhelming and the College of Education more than exemplifies Niagara University’s pride and dedication to service. With only a month or so left in the fall 2016 semester, I could not have asked God for a better start to freshman year, or to college life in general. I could not be more thankful for the wonderful opportunities that have come my way and that I know will continue to come my way during my time at Niagara University.
My final words: Find your passion and follow it. If you cannot find what you think is the “perfect fit” for your passion right now, consider teaching. Think about a career that allows you to make a real difference in the lives of children and adolescents. This has become the perfect fit for me. You may be surprised once you open your mind and heart to the endless possibilities before us. God bless Niagara University and the College of Education.