A week ago, I walked across the stage at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus auditorium and received my completion certificate. While technically I am not quite finished as my last few assignments have yet to be graded, my portfolio needs reviewing, and once all that is done my documentation needs to be sent to the state office, my program has ended. I do not have any more classes to attend, no more clinical hours to complete, and best of all, no more tuition to pay. There were days, particularly during this last semester, where I truly just wanted to drop everything and quit. I was burnt out, and while I knew I wouldn’t actually quit, it sure felt like an enticing option. I’d hate to pat my own back, but I’m so proud of myself for completing this program, with honors (!!!), and achieving my childhood dream of becoming a teacher!
I’m not quite sure what my next step is. I won’t be actively looking for a teaching position until closer to the end of the school year or even summer, and even then there’s no guarantee something will be available that meets my criteria: i.e. teach at a school serving elementary grades within a five-mile radius. I know this is quite an ambitious request, but I paid my dues for 15 years driving 50 miles a day…like I tell hubby, I don’t want to leave my bubble!
In the meantime, I hope to get a routine going regarding both blogging and running. I’ve set another ambitious goal: top my half marathon PR of 2:53 during the Princess Half in February. I’m hoping for a finish around the 2:45 mark, but I’ll be happy with anything under 2:53. I’ve got roughly eight weeks to train…time to hit the pavement!