As a junior, my last year of high school is getting closer and closer. Most have no idea what they want to do with their future or at least don’t have everything planned out.
Then there’s me.
I have been looking at colleges since the eighth grade and have always had an idea what I wanted to do with my future. I wanted to be an author. As the truck called reality got closer and closer to hitting me, I realized that being an author won’t pay the bills or give me the comfortable life everyone wants. Everyone started asking me, “What’s your favorite subject?” and I felt compelled to say English because that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
Well, that isn’t the truth. English isn’t my favorite subject, and it’s not what I want to do with my life.
I want to study history. I grew up loving history and traveling to historic places with my mother. I grew up loving and idolizing Harriet Tubman. I loved the stories my mom would tell me about the Underground Railroad. I realized that I have always loved social studies, and history, and I want to influence students the way my teachers have influenced me. The best combination? A history teacher.
Now, let’s make it better. I don’t want to have the restrictions or have to follow a curriculum like a high school teacher. What makes it perfect? A history professor. A history professor will require a lot of schooling, but I’m up for the challenge. A history professor will not only pay the bills, but it will also be a job that I enjoy.
As my high school career comes to an end, I have to look on to the future and see what I want to do with my future and my life. And truthfully? I am pretty excited.