My largest realization over the past few weeks is that I want a career that allows me to build relationships with students in a way that is meaningful and relevant to me, and that's why I know in my head and heart that I have to change programs. As a teacher, I enjoyed working with students on academics and also helping students become more competent in areas such as social skills, how to cope when things don't turn out the way we expected, making good choices, how to repair friendships, etc. Especially during my last two years as a teacher, I really felt pulled towards the counseling side of the many hats we wear as teachers, and I feel it is so important to address mental health in the schools.
I've been doing more research on school counseling this week to really make sure that this is the direction I want to go. I've e-mailed several friends from the school counseling program at my school who I took classes with last year, and I've already contacted a school counselor who has agreed to let me shadow her for the day. And thanks to the super sweet Brynn, who was kind enough to share her perspective with me about being a school counselor.
I definitely feel like a HUGE weight has been lifted off of me at this point. Most of my classes will easily transfer over to the school counseling program and I feel as if I have the support of many people in just one short week. But most importantly, I'm encouraged by what everyone has shared with me and that they feel as if they make a difference for students. I'm waiting until after my shadowing experience before I make my official decision to switch programs, but at this point I feel fairly confident that this is the right path to take.
I have one outfit to share this week. Wearing black pants has pretty much become a staple for me because they are so versatile. These are the same Banana Republic sloan-fit slim ankle pants that I wore last week, but in the regular length which work well when I'm wearing flats. For some reason, the tall length feels like it has a baggier fit than the normal length.
|BR sloan-fit ankle pants, Anne Klein blazer (thrifted), |
BR top (thrifted), Lands' End flats, gifted scarf
I'm very thankful to have the full week off to get some rest, family-time, and catch up on school work. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday!