August Blog A Day – Day 17

How do you feel about school? What were your favorite subjects as a kid?

I LOVE school! Maybe not as a kid… things weren’t always easy for the strawberry blond kid who’s awkward and shy. But the learning part… I enjoy that. So much so that I went to graduate school by choice (two more classes and I’d have my Master’s in… a field I don’t plan on working in). As a kid, I’m not entirely sure what my favorite subjects were. Probably reading, maybe social studies or math at a younger age. My high school had a fairly good selection of electives and I was able to take psychology and sociology, which was cool. (I also took 4 years of French, which was not my favorite subject, and probably unnecessary.)

In college, since I studied youth ministry, there were a lot of psychology classes in addition to biblical studies courses, all of which I enjoyed, in addition to the youth ministry-specific ones (which I also mostly enjoyed).

But it wasn’t until later, at my last church job, that I discovered my love for history, and decided to change careers (which didn’t really happen, but that’s another story). When I went to grad school, since my undergrad wasn’t in social studies, there were a fair number of undergrad classes I needed to take, and I enjoyed and did pretty well at them (all As except for one A-, that I contest was unfairly given). I really enjoyed the graduate level education classes too (not so much the introductory, undergrad ones). I think one of the benefits of grad school is that you’ve picked something (hopefully) that you really love and get to spend all your time studying that, which is really important because if you don’t love it, you’re never going to make it all the way through. I think Liz and Amanda, both of whom have graduate degrees, would agree with me, that there are times when you are so tired of doing homework and you really want to quit, and if you don’t love it, you might do just that.

Grad school tangent aside, I do enjoy studying history now; these days that mostly consists of podcasts and audiobooks (Recommended: Stuff You Missed in History Class, Stuff You Should Know, and the Hamilton and Washington biographies by Chernoff). When I was still considering becoming a teacher, I think the fact that social studies wasn’t something I’d always loved was a mark in my favor, since I really understood kids that didn’t like it, or came into class with a misconception about it. It’s so much harder to teach something that you’ve always loved (“but why doesn’t everyone love it like I do?”) or have always been good at (“it’s so easy, I don’t understand why you’re struggling”), which is why I am a terrible piano teacher.

OK, clearly I felt the need to get some words out today. Or at least was more inspired by this prompt than the others. Happy Friday!