|So here it is, my future.
||[Dec. 21st, 2006|12:09 pm]
I filed the paperwork for my change of major: infinitely easier than I'd expected. I've finally decided what I want to do. I'm going with the Biology Teaching Certification by itself now. I did some research and it seems my fears were justified: there's really not much one can do with a BS in General Bio.
If everything goes as planned with my future, I'll complete my Master's in Education. Kean's the best teaching school in NJ so I could get it here and stay working at the bookstore for two more years as well. It will let me teach wherever I want--university, school, community college, etc--and boost my pay too. Especially if it's eventually followed by a doctorate. The doctorate can be whatever I want, and as specific as I want, too. All that matters is that it'll be a doctorate. I hope for it to be Ecology, Evolution Studies, or Animal Behavior. That's not gonna be from Kean...I'll see what opens up when the time comes.
I may double up on Math Teaching Certification here too. I haven't decided yet but there's a while to do so. The teaching classes are the same...all that differs is a bunch of upper-level math courses. But I do enjoy math and it would give me a major boost if I was certified to teach both.
This is middle and high school certification, by the way...if I like that I'll stay teaching there, and if not it will be a good foot in the door to some sort of tenure at a college/university later on.
So that's done. For once, it seems a relief to not have to worry over what the future may hold. The present is not so bad either and I haven't been appreciating it like I should. The present holds lunch, and Ari, and library, and straight A's earned from hard work in my classes.
Thank you for your bits of advice on the first entry about this. Help from all of you influenced my decision greatly, especially regarding the double major option. It helped give me the nudge needed to take action. Thank you...it's infinitely appreciated.