My Journey To Becoming A Teacher: Becoming An Education Major

It’s no secret that my major is Earth Science Education. I talk about it a lot and I am proud to be in my major. It’s an awesome major that allows me to explore a lot of different sciences that not many people are fortunate enough to explore. However, something that not as many people know is that my major wasn’t always Earth Science Education.

Shocker I know because I talk about it so much. Originally, the major that I got accepted into college with was Meteorology. Growing up, I was petrified of severe weather and I would freak out over every little thunderstorm. I would make my dad stay inside with me (all my dad wanted to do was go outside on our porch and watch during these storms) and I would hold onto his arm like a sloth would hold onto a tree. Seriously, I would not leave my dad’s side during thunderstorms, hurricanes, or any type of severe weather. When he wasn’t home and there was a thunderstorm, I thought the world was ending. I wish I was exaggerating.

Little 10-year-old me and my ENTIRE family knew that this wasn’t good. As a way to combat this fear, I would track hurricanes using this hurricane tracker from some news website. I began to become addicted to tracking hurricanes and I would track them year-round. This began my interest in meteorology. What catapulted me into wanting to become a meteorologist was when I was home alone during a tornado. I was 12 years old and my parents were at work, my nanny was picking up my older brother from a barbecue. I look outside, the sky was sunny and not a cloud in the sky. The next thing I knew dark gray clouds race in and turn the sky almost a black color. It could’ve easily been nighttime. Seconds later, thunder boomed the sky so loudly that people in Europe could hear it. Lightning begins to strike left and right. My phone began to buzz loudly with severe thunderstorm warnings, immediately from the thunderstorms I began to feel sick to my stomach. Moments after, my phone then buzzed with a tornado watch for my area. I googled what to do in a tornado from my favorite weather website and found that during a tornado I need to be in a closed space, preferably in a basement. That’s exactly what I did, I grabbed my two dogs and raced to the basement. Once I got to what I thought was a safe spot in the basement, I frantically called my parents, my nanny, and my brother freaking out over this tornado watch. Nobody answered. Once I finished calling everyone, I got the alert that there was a Tornado Warning for my area. Immediately, I frantically text everyone freaking out because my biggest nightmare was coming to life. Once again, nobody answered because of the storm and that they were busy. During this tornado, I held onto my 2 dogs for my dear life hoping and praying that everyone would be okay. Time passes, the tornado warning goes away and the sun comes out again. My family and nanny come home and we talk about the storm.

I hated feeling scared during this situation. I hated not knowing what was going on and I began to research thunderstorms, tornadoes. Low and behold, I find myself spending hours looking up weather facts on the internet. If I wasn’t doing homework or playing with my toys, I found myself loving what I was learning about the weather. I realized at the young age of 12 that I wanted to become a meteorologist. It was something that I was passionate about and I felt that meteorology was so unique that it perfectly fit me. I’ve been always been a unique kid and meteorology has always been a unique science. I knew that it was what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life, at least that’s what I thought at the time. I did research in meteorology in high school. I thought that I could change the world by amazing meteorology research because I’ve always wanted to change the world, and this was the way that I was going to do it. I was so certain that I was going to be a meteorologist that I only applied to schools that offered meteorology as a major. I even wrote my common app essay about it because I felt that if I didn’t mention it, it would make my application incomplete.

However, in October of my senior year everything began to change. I had just finished applying to schools and I began to fall out of love with meteorology. The research I was doing in high school got complicated and I found myself dreading to do it. I never thought I would feel that way about a subject I was once obsessed with. At the same time, I began to fall out of love with meteorology, I began fall in love with in teaching and tutoring people in my IB Biology HL class. Before exams, I would tutor people the content and sometimes they would do better than me on the exams because I was such a good tutor. Acknowledging my natural talent for teaching began to linger in my brain and becoming an education major started to fill my brain. I would think about it when I was at work and I didn’t get scared from it. My passion for meteorology then disintegrated in November and I began to think about other things that I was into. One of them was marketing, which I also had a natural talent for. I was able to convince my dad to get a dog he clearly didn’t want when my mom wasn’t home for ONE weekend (my skills were amazing). The thought of going in business didn’t sit well with my heart because I felt that I would only go into the career to make money and not change the world. Something I’ve always wanted was to change the world and I had to find a career that would help me achieve that mission in the best possible way.

It wasn’t until December that I got clarity. Over the course of my senior year, I went from hating math to loving math. I solely accredit that to my IB Math SL Year 2 teacher for being the best math teacher I’ve had. It was in her class that I got the epiphany that I wanted to be a teacher. It was one random day in December (I think December 3rd, but I am not entirely sure) and I had just tutored my friend the period before math, for our IB Biology exam the following day. My math teacher asked me to hand out papers. As I was counting and handing out papers, it was like I had a That’s So Raven moment and I could see myself handing out papers as a teacher for the rest of my life. I literally felt like Raven from that show because it was so weird. The following week, I decided that I wanted to be math teacher’s senior teacher for senior teacher day. It was during that day when I asked her how she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She said she always knew and that she loved playing “teacher” when she was growing up. That made me think a lot. It was the following day, that my holiday break started and that I got into the University of Delaware and I had to explore the other majors they offered during my holiday break. While on my exploration, I found Earth Science Education.

I began to research the major and I found that I basically got to study meteorology and combine it with teaching. Even though I may not be passionate about meteorology, I will always have a love for it. It’s something that I’ve interest in, but not a deep enough interest to pursue a career out of it. After doing research on the major, I began to observe my teachers while teaching to see if I can envision myself doing what they do. I did this for about 2 months.

It was during this time that I realized I not only can see myself doing what they do, but that I looked up to a lot of my teachers. Specifically, my IB Biology HL teacher who I had for 3 years. She always made the classroom a safe space for all of her students and I admired that so much because I flourished as a person in her classroom. I looked up to her, my IB Math teacher, IB Psychology Teacher, my US History teacher, my Science Research, my Spanish teacher and my AP English Teacher. All of these teachers were amazing, and I wanted to be like all of them. I was so fortunate to have had them as teachers. April 9th, 2017 I decided to go for it and take a leap of faith. I decided to request to switch my major from Meteorology to Earth Science Education. 15 days later, on April 24th, 2017, my change of major request got approved. I officially became an Earth Science Education major. I was so excited that day and I was more excited to get into the major than I was when I got into the University of Delaware (which, I got in on Christmas Eve).

It was on this very day that I felt clarity. I felt that I had found what was right for me and I could envision my career for the rest of my life. This is something that I never expected to feel, but I did at the young age of 17. Now it’s 3 ½ years later and I cannot wait until I am in a classroom with students who have my name on their schedules. It will the most surreal moment of my life. These feelings didn’t truly sink in until the following day when I told the teachers who inspired me to become a teacher that I am officially an education major because of them. When someone inspires you to go on a certain career path, the only emotion that I feel is proper to feel is gratitude. I feel that and so much more because these teachers changed my life and my world. Hopefully, I can do that for at least one of my future students one day. That would be a real dream come true.

It’s so crazy and I love my major. I feel that it’s meant for me and there’s no other major that I’d rather be doing right now as it combines my loves for science and teaching all into one. Also, I get to change the world through it and that is exciting. Changing my major to Earth Science Education was easily one of the best decisions of my life. Sort of soon, I might be a teacher and that is crazy. I am beginning to prepare for this crazy ride and go on this journey to become one. That is mind blowing that everything is coming soon. I am excited and I am excited to see what being a teacher will be like. The good, the ugly, the bad, and the special priceless moments in between. I know that throughout all of it, it will be worth it because I will be making an impact in some way shape or form.

Yeah, well let’s see how this journey goes. Thank you for reading this blog post, stay tuned for the next time I post about my journey to becoming a teacher. It will be a fun ride. Be sure to follow @dayswithdebois on Instagram to see what I am up to on a more frequent basis. I will post the next time I post! Until then, bye everyone!

K DeBois

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