Beginning a New Journey…

Hey y’all! Only about two months until I leave for Madrid! It’s crazy to think that this time next year I will be graduating for the University of Alcalá with my Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education.

The program that’ll I’ll be starting in September is through the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid and it is part of their “Teach and Learn Program”. This gives students the opportunity to not only study for their Masters in education, but to apply the concepts they are learning by teaching at a school through the semesters. I just got my placement for my primary school in the Community of Madrid – and let me just say – I am pumped. (There are so many cool aspects of the program, so if you’re interested to hear more – holla at chur girl.)

So many of the people close to me know how my relationship with Education has changed throughout my life. As a small child, I excelled in the classroom, but as I grew older I started to resent school. Looking back it is easy to see that I wasn’t challenged enough and I unfortunately got into the habit of not applying myself as much as I should have or could have. High school began to get a bit harder, but still my work ethic was still not quite there, and I convinced myself that spending time on schoolwork was useless. Luckily, I was a natural learner so I still got good grades. College, was basically an extension of high school – a mix of A’s and B’s that could’ve been better had I put in more effort. After graduating with a marketing degree, and by chance taking a one year position serving in the Education sector, I finally realized what Education meant. And not only how important education is, but the importance of learning about accessibility to education and all of the issues that surround it.  Here’s an excerpt from a past blog I’ve written about how important learning AND teaching is because I honestly could go on forever:

Education is one of the most important parts of our society, and unfortunately many systems provide a negative connotation for the American education system. Imagine what it would be like for students to want to go to school. To want to learn. To take ownership of what they produce instead of scribbling it quickly before homeroom. Imagine a generation of entrepreneurs, artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and nurses – that rose from a generation of learners that were excited, curious, inquisitive, and confident.That’s what we need. And it begins with schools, K-12, having a climate of security, respect, and engagement.

All in all, I’m excited to be pursuing my Masters degree, and although right now, I don’t see my life path directing me to be a teacher in the normal sense of the word, I’m thrilled to begin my contribution to the future’s education.

Dream bigger

Beth Ann

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