When I read the instructions for this blog post, I instantly thought of a few key moments in my life that helped me become the learner I am today.
My Softball Career:
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Every student athlete has stories and experiences to tell about their athletic career and most of them have some sort sentimental value. I learned many different skills throughout my four years of softball but the ones most important to me are the ones that I can carry with myself off the field. My coach always told us to never give up, whether it be on the field, our dreams, or other aspirations we may have in life. To some this may be a simple quote that most coaches/educators advise their athletes or students to follow in life but this three worded phrase has stuck with me in everything that I do. It especially helped me to learn to never quit on the field because if I did, I would be letting down my teammates and my coaches. It helped me in the classroom because there has been many times I’ve wanted to quit working on an assignment or not go to class but if I did, I would be giving up on myself and would not reach my full potential.
My Struggles with Math:
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I have never been exceptional at math. It is something that I have always struggled with and continue to struggle with to this day. I have taken numerous math classes in my life and they have all been so frustrating! Since I am an education major, I am required to take three math classes in order to get into my block semester. Fall 2015 was my first semester taking this math class and it made my semester even more difficult, to say the least. I heard about a tutor on campus that was phenomenal with math and everyone seemed to love him. After going to several tutor sessions, math concepts were finally starting to click for me. I even became comfortable enough to teach classmates about these concepts if they were confused. The best part about this tutor is that when I didn’t understand the concept one way he would teach it a different way until I understood it. This helped me as a learner because it taught me that when I become a teacher, some students aren’t going to understand it as easily as others and it is my job to try and teach them different ways until they master it.
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I have had several college professors that do not seem as professional as they should be. Some tend to be unorganized, non communicative, lazy, and unhelpful. This may seem harsh but it is the truth. At times, these experiences discouraged me from becoming a teacher because it was so hard to learn and keep positive about this profession. But then I realized that these examples were not what I wanted to be as a teacher. Without encountering these problems, I would have never learned the difference between a good and a bad teacher.
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My faith is something that is very important and valuable to me in my life. It is the building block behind all of my decisions. At times, it is hard for me to trust that God has everything already planned out for me and everything He does is good. I recently had my faith tested. In Fall 2014, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She already suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and this diagnoses just made it harder for her. I often asked questions like “why her?” or “what did she do to deserve this?” My faith, patience, and morals were tested during this. In February of 2015, my mom was pronounced cancer free. It was a long 6 months but I never lost faith in what God had in store for my family and I. I learned that I need to trust Him with every aspect in life and to not worry about anything.
Living on My Own:
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This past year has been the first time living on my own and also my first time moving to Chadron, NE. At first it was hard because I didn’t know many people in Chadron and I was scared to live on my own! The first couple of months were honestly kind of depressing and I didn’t really do much. I went to class, did my homework, and came home. After Christmas break, things started to look up. I decorated my apartment to make it more “homey”, busied myself with schoolwork and staying healthy, and even adopted 2 kittens! The next 4 months flew by because I was actually enjoying living by myself and being independent, and I was having fun too! I learned that life is what you make it and it is all about perspective. I could have had the same routine and attitude after coming back from Christmas break, but I decided to have a positive attitude and make the best of my situation.