(Closed) I'm so lost on what I want to do for school

posted 6 years ago in College
  • poll: Which degree would better suit me, based on the pros and cons?
    B.S. Corporate Communications : (27 votes)
    55 %
    Masters in English : (22 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 4
    Hostess
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    This is a huge decision, but I’ll just give you my opinion. I wouldn’t go back and get another undergraduate degree, get a masters. You could choose English or communications to open up more options. I would keep your teaching job for a few years while you’re doing a master’s program as you will need the extra free time. The great thing about getting a master’s is that you could stay at your teaching job and get more money and respect or you could transfer to another field. 

    Post # 5
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    As a teacher, I think you should not teach students if you are going to call them ghetto.  That’s offensive.  Since your pros for teaching do not involve the joy of teaching children, please stop teaching and allow someone who actually likes helping students to have a job.  

    Your typos make me think that you either don’t care, or don’t know, how to correctly write in English.  If you don’t care, I suggest you start caring if you want to pursue a degree in English. If you don’t know, that might hinder your progress in pursuing an advanced English degree.  

     

    I apologize if this hurts your feelings.  There are so many talented teachers out there who should be working with students, and when I hear teachers call their students ghetto, it makes me so angry.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I have an undergraduate degree in English and I regret it.  I went for English simply to get a degree and English was something I always did well in.  There are very few jobs for English degrees…they are better if you add teaching to it…I did not.  I am now a manager at a retail store and still undecided as to what the future holds.  English is not a strong subject to go to school for.

    Post # 7
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @best10612:  You might be able to find a job that requires a BA, though.  Liberal arts education is not only useful for what you major in, but for the critical thinking skills you gained.  

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @peachacid:  THIS. I’m also a teacher. If you go to school for English, I hope the first thing they teach you is that “a lot” is two words, not one.

    Post # 9
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @peachacid:  I also noticed that a “pro” of teaching was not that you loved helping young children learn and grow.  Teaching is a very hard job to show up to every day if you don’t love it! However, maybe you could try teaching a different population of kids? You clearly are not happy at your district and school and it shows in how you talk about it.  There are pro’s and con’s to every school (just like there is to every job!), but maybe you can look into teaching at a different district.  I teach in a low-income school as well and am lucky to love my job, but I understand that it can be incredibly taxing and stressful.  If your heart isn’t in it though, maybe it would be good to explore other options! 

    Post # 10
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @likelimeade:  That, and not to call your students ghetto.  

    Post # 12
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @beelicious26:  I worked in Philadelphia for three years, and now work in an urban school in Central Pennsylvania.  To you, my students might be “ghetto”.  However, since I don’t call my students names based on their race, situation, and parents’ income,  I call my students, “my kids.”  I am frustrated by their situations, of course, but I don’t berate them for things beyond their control.  You don’t sound like you enjoy teaching.  

     

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Honestly, it sounds like your heart isn’t really into teaching anymore. I’m studying to be a teacher, and as cheesy as this sounds, the single greatest thing about it is seeing a child’s face light up with understanding.

    Or maybe it’s just gotten too overwhelming for you. I have dealt with many disrespectful kids (the sexually-harassing, teacher-hitting, chair-throwing type), so I understand your frustrations.

    I’d say give yourself a break from teaching and try something new. If you find yourself missing teaching, come back to it later.

    Good luck!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @peachacid:  I think a large part of my job situation is that I graduated into a weak economy where there are people who are far more experienced and that makes a big difference.  I just try and remind myself that I am blessed to have the job that I have, even if I am still living paycheck to paycheck after working my butt off for a degree I don’t even use.

    Post # 15
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @best10612:  That’s totally understandable.  I know that I use my undergarduate education more every year that I work.  It will “come back to haunt you”…lol.  You didn’t waste your time or money, I promise!

     

    Post # 16
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Regina Phalange:  Ooooooh what are you going to teach?  How long till you finish your program?

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