Making decisions are just the worst. I’m a terrible shopping girlfriend because all I end up doing is picking out a few things, trying them on, drape them over my forearm and stroll through the store for a few more (23) laps just to put every single thing back where I found it and walk out the front door. This ridiculous ritual is repeated throughout the entire shopping mall. I don’t know if it’s the commitment, the justification of spending the money, or I’m just a reverse hoarder. I dunno. Either way, I accept this about myself.
Yesterday, I made a HUGE decision and made a commitment that will impact Dan and I for the next several years. As many of you know, about a year and a half ago, I signed my commitment letter to the University of Cincinnati and joined the league of extraordinary folks who both teach full time and take masters level coursework. I became a Bearcat, baby!
At the time, I joined a program called Masters of Curriculum and Instruction with a Teacher Leader focus. I went strong for a good year, but when Dan and I decided to leave Alaska I took the summer and fall semesters off. It also gave me time to think about what my goals were at this very pivotal point in my career and educational program. After talking with my counselor and other assorted authority figures (AKA my mommy) I decided to switch to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
I’ll officially kickstart my new TESOL program in the Winter Semester, and it should take me a total of four more semesters to complete the program. I’m super excited about this decision, even though it’s also a major time, financial, and career commitment. I’m ready to continue my time at the same establishment that produced these fine samples of humanity.