It all started with my father. A hardworking man who made a living for his family through farming. He never turned down a question, in fact he encouraged them. He instilled in me the courage to question what I did not know and what I was interested in.
In the first grade I was introduced to the school librarian. At the time I did not know the impact she would have on my life. She taught me the importance of literature. She was always available to answer my questions and suggest a good book. Because of her I was able to discover my love of reading.
In 2011 I graduated from High School. I had the privilege of learning from many different educators, but one in particular had a profound impact on me. Her name was Ms. Clark and she was my anatomy and physiology teacher. She always had a smile and was willing to help in any way. It was because of her that I decided to go into the nursing profession.
It was my second semester of college when I was put on academic probation. I can still remember the awful feeling I got when I read the letter explaining my GPA had fallen below the acceptable percentage. This is when I came to the realization that nursing might not be for me. I had lost focus and wasn’t interested in any of the classes I was taking. I took a step back and after a lot of thought decided to change my major to education.
This past year I began working in a high needs Special Education classroom. It reassured me that I was on the right path. I have learned so much from the students I have had the opportunity to work with, and hope they can say the same. I have laughed with them and cried with them. I have met so many amazing people with so much knowledge to offer. My path is just beginning and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.