Post # 1
I was accepted into the Teach for America program and was all set to fly to Mississippi. 5 days before I was supposed to leave, I found out that I needed to have surgery to remove ovarian cysts and that I would need a 4-6 week recovery time.
So, because of that TFA was out. Now, I’m on track to do the Agriculture Education Master’s Program at Oregon State. When I graduate, I will have my teaching certificate and Master’s Degree and it only takes a year. But, I’m not sure if I want to teach high school ag for the rest of my life. And, I feel like if I had known earlier I may have been able to get scholarships and/or a graduate assitanceship. Now, I’m just stuck taking out a $20,000 loan because its at the last minute.
I wish I could just take a year off and work, but the job market is just so sucky! I’m just pretty confused, and I need to make up my mind soon…but I’m seriously struggling!
Post # 3
Awww that sucks. It does seem as if you are a little unsure about what you should do – is there any chance of deferring the study for a semester so that you can save money / apply for scholarships?
Have you looked at other pathways you could take with the agricultural side of the degree? Surely it doesnt lead you just into teaching?
I would take a quick look at the job market and the kind of jobs you may be eligible for, but certainly an education will lead you into better career prospects.
Hope you make up your mind soon – nothing worse than not knowing what to do!
Post # 4
I’m sorry you are confused! I agree that maybe you should delay going back to school so you don’t have to be stuck with a debt.
I am in the process of a career change myself but thankfully we had the money for me to pay for my grad school tuition.
Post # 5
I would suggest not rushing into things too quickly. I went to law school immediately out of college thinking that I would end up “wasting” a year if I waited, but I wish I had taken that year off. Law school ended up not being the best choice for me, and I ended up finishing just because I was already in, but I think that one year of figuring out my life would have helped a ton. I may have realized that law school’s not my thing. From what I’ve learned, things never turn out according to the “life plan” that you make for yourself. In my opinion, it’s okay to be lost for a while. Even if you end up having to take a couple of part time jobs or temporary jobs if you can’t find a full-time one, it might do you good to take the time and get a bit of perspective instead of rushing.
Just my two cents. Good luck with your decision, and your surgery!
Post # 6
You are not stuck teaching ag, you can get other certificates easily later on. You could also look at gaining experience through teaching for a while and since you will have your masters you can get a community college job teaching others to be teachers. I am in a similar program to yours, and I don’t feel like it limits me but opens me up to more jobs. I plan on getting multiple certificates, and maybe in the long run teach others to be teachers.
Post # 7
I’m not sure if I want to teach high school at all. I think I need to do more research about what it would take to switch to Elementary if I decide that I don’t like teaching Ag.
The only reason I have an Ag degree is because I wanted to teach it. I really have no interest in working in the industry at all. Most ag teachers are also FFA (future farmers of america) advisors. It is an incredible program that combines in class learning with extra-curricular activities like public speaking, debate, marketing and so many opportunities that teach life skills.
It’s not even that I know that I don’t want to teach ag. It’s just that I don’t feel like I got to make that decision or have the time to prepare myself for the program. I feel like I really need a year…but I have to find a job where I can support myself, start paying on student loans and still be able to put a little away for the wedding and the next year of school. Unfortunately, those kinds of jobs are pretty difficult to get these days. If I just had another month to start job hunting and get an idea of whats available before I had to make a decision…but I don’t…
Alright, I’ll stop venting for now. I’ve just never been this confused by life before…
Post # 8
Congratulations on even being accepted to the TFA program, I know it’s extremely competitive! This is a wild stab at things, but are there are Americorps-type things locally that you could do, or 4H, or any type of service-oriented program that you could do for the year? I have no idea how the application process works or what the turn-around time is, but I do know that many of these programs have loan-forgiveness clauses.
I originally applied for doctoral programs straight from undergrad and was thrown for a loop when I was only accepted to a masters’ program. I did the masters in one year, but it didn’t leave me time to thoughtfully apply to doctoral programs and I ended up “wasting” a year in between. I worked full-time in a corporate setting and am so thankful for the clarity that the year brought me. I was able to start a doctoral program the next fall knowing that I was committed and eager to complete it. And looking at things now, the year or two difference in when I’ll have actually completed my doctorate doesn’t mean a whole lot.