What do you want to be when you grow up?

Spring term, senior year. Two months till graduation.

When most people meet me they ask, “what’s your major?” I respond with, “what’s yours?” They think it’s a game, but I’m not kidding. I like to avoid the conversation because it’s easier than telling people that yes, I’m majoring in education, but no, I don’t plan on teaching. This is confusing to most, and understandably so. I did want to be a teacher. Since I was in kindergarten it’s all I’ve wanted. But I challenge that dream with the idea that of course I wanted to be a teacher, it was the only career that was directly relevant and clear to me for so many years.

When I was growing up, the tech industry grew up with me. I didn’t know coding was a career until college. When I took interest in HTML, Flash, Final Cut Pro, and Dreamweaver in middle school, I attended a Digital Media camp at Stanford where I built skills I was good at. But, I was the only girl in my camp, and I was teased for being a nerd. So I gave up.

It’s funny, because now I’ll get teased for being an ed major. People always say it’s easy, teachers don’t make money, and with the Trump administration, who knows where it’s going next?

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. But with two months till graduation, I feel the whole world weighing on my shoulders until I figure it out and get hired. However, I have a pretty good idea of where I’d like to start. While I still struggle with the stress of where, when, and what exactly, I know that I’m on the right track. As soon as I submit a resume and a cover letter, the next step goes to you, future employer.

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