Home for the Holidays

Hi all!! I am so excited to be writing to you today from MY desk…my very own desk at home! The semester is finally over (actually, my last exam is virtual today) and I am back home for the holidays. That means… another update on my life! I did this a little while back but I figured I would let you all know what I am up to for the break, and what my plans are for next semester. Sometimes like to switch up the content from my college miniseries and bullet journaling to talk about me:) That is what a blog is all about, right?

Well, I am back home until the beginning of January and I am so excited. I am very much a homebody. While I’m home, I will go back to work at the coffee shop in my hometown where I have worked since high school. I am thankful that my boss is letting me come back because I don’t have to find another job, which would really suck. At school, I do not work yet, but I probably will in the future. I am thinking an on-campus job because they are really flexible with your schedule. Since my class schedule is a little hectic, it would probably be difficult to find an off-campus job. Plus, a flexible schedule is nice because I like to go home on the weekends sometimes.

As for the break, I hope to keep up on my blog and produce some amazing spreads for you all. With a little more time on my hands, I want to focus on making more spreads for my bullet journal. So, stay tuned for that! Besides blogging, bullet journaling, and working, I of course want to spend a lot of time with my family. My mom and boyfriend are my biggest supporters and the people I want to spend the most time with at home. That means lots of Christmas movies and hot cocoa! Another goal is to do some really amazing crafts. If you have any ideas, PLEASE leave them below! I always love doing crafts but love them even more when I get to give them away for Christmas presents. I think making presents for someone just makes it so much more special. Especially cards… why buy a card when you can easily make one AND make someone feel super special and loved?! Let’s just say my basement may turn into a little bit of a craft shop for the next two months (sorry mom!!).

When I go back to school, I will be in more education classes that will help me with my elementary education major. Let me tell you… I am beyond excited. If you read “An Update on Me” back in early October, you know that this semester I took a few classes from the nursing major thinking I might want to be a nurse. Probably not for me. Especially since I ripped a scab off of my foot and could barely control myself. Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about my next semester and the classes I get to take! I have an educational psychology class that focuses on the growth and development of children academically, socially, etc. It also has a field placement where I will either work at a school or teach children online. I am so looking forward to that and I hope to be able to go into a real classroom. This semester, I had a field placement in my special education class but I had to teach it over Google Meets. While I absolutely loved that opportunity, it would be even more amazing to be able to actually go into a school. Unfortunately, schools are trying to limit the people coming in and out right now. This semester’s field placement was special education and next semester will be general education. It seems like they would have me do general education first, but I guess not! Although I loved doing special education but I think that my path is more general education. The background is amazing because even in general education you will have children who receive special education. It is really important to me that all teachers are trained to help all students. If you have not noticed before, education for all is a really important topic to me. Just like I don’t understand how children cannot go to school but we can still go retail shopping.. but that’s a topic for another day… LOL.

So… along with my general education class and field placement, I also have an educational history class. This class focuses on the development of education through the years. If we’re being honest, history is NOT my strong suit, but hopefully it won’t be too bad. I probably should have a background on the history of what my job is, right? Next is a class focusing on teaching P.E. Even though I don’t want to be a gym teacher, everyone in the education major has to take this class. I also have to take a class on teaching art, so it must be just to have a background on all the “specials.” I also have an “encounter with cultures” class that looks at the foundations of many diverse cultures. I am taking this class as part of my ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement. I honestly do not know much about that class right now but will keep you posted! My last class is Calculus 2, which I have to take because I have a math concentration. I will be able to teach anything from K-5, but be able to teach math up to eighth grade with the concentration. This also means I have to take about five more math classes before I graduate. Most people I talk to think that sounds just horrible but I am actually excited. I am much better at math than science or english, which is why I chose that as my concentration. Anyway, I probably won’t be teaching elementary children calculus, but you have to take it to complete the math concentration. I guess they want teachers to be really educated on what they are teaching, who would’ve known?? It is crazy to think that in four short years, I will know how to teach children! I am so excited for that day:)

Finally, I want to apply to the education department next semester. In order to take the higher level education courses you have to be in the department. This means the 300 and 400 level courses (which I want to take next fall). However, to apply for the department, you must have completed a few beginner classes, such as the special education class I was in this semester and the educational psychology class I am taking next semester. By the end of this semester, I will be done with all the minimum requirements. As long as you will have completed all the minimum classes by the end of the semester, you can apply, which is why I can do it this spring. I was debating waiting until the fall to apply so I could get to know more teachers for the teacher recommendations (you can apply in the fall or spring), but it is recommended that you do it as soon as possible to start those higher education courses. So that is what I will do! When I apply, I will let you know, so wish me luck!

Thank you all for reading a little bit more about me today! I can’t wait to share more with you. Stay tuned next week for a bullet journal themed blog:)

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace