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Hello friends and readers - Not entirely sure why I feel the need to write this as if it were a letter, but lets just go with it and see how it turns out. It’s difficult to write about a year in review and not sound a bit cheeky, but my year can effectively be characterized as such. Just like a sports broadcast, lets limit this review to the highlights and whats to come next [oh lord, next steps? I sound like a Teach for America staffer lol].
This year was unequivocally marked by my graduation from one of the best universities in these United States, The University of Texas at Austin [note: Longhorn Pride]. One the 40 Acres – What started off as a young boy’s passion for government and the foresight to not take politics as a spectators sport, turned into a mature understanding of how our government worked and how my love for numbers could play a role. I’ve given up the dream of becoming President, and replaced it with the hope that I will be able to serve my country with the strengths I’ve spent time developing. Engraved on a stone in front of our university: “What Starts Here, Changes the World” could not be more true, and I would expect nothing less from our alum.
Teach for America awaited me three short weeks after graduation and I spent the summer being turned into an acceptable teacher for the students that awaited my instruction and transformational leadership in the fall. Do I think I am necessarily accomplishing that? Sorta, kinda, needs some work. No one becomes a great teacher
overnight, and I’ve made significant progresse with some of my students and have had the pleasure to mentor two. Both of whom I promised I would be there when they walk across the stage. No matter where I should be at the time. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding profession, it takes constant professional development and works to provide the most important thing our country could hope for: the development of children in hope of developing a bright future.
I have been blessed to accomplish many of my own dreams, and even aide in the fulfillment of a few belonging to others this year. None of which would have been possible without the support of so many friends, members of my family, and the awesome strangers I’ve met along the way. My hope for next year is that similar kindness, friendships, and triumphs line the path to a successful series of graduate school applications, travel plans, and professional development. If I am successful in the three things above, then 2013 will truly be a success.
How was your year? What do you hope to accomplish in 2013? I want to know!! Be sure to post below, if for no other reason than to let me know people are still reading this blog after a long absence .