Education is the greatest gift to give and receive. I am the first person in my family, both immediate and extended, to have completed a Bachelor’s degree. This January, I graduated from Montclair State University with honors with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Sociology. This journey was the most challenging, exciting, and amazing experience I could have asked for. Classes were demanding- and in combination with working full time to support myself throughout my studies, sometimes seemed impossible. In addition to this hardship, I also lost my mom to a long term battle with an illness during my senior year. A lot of days, I wanted to give up.
One thing kept me on track. On those days when I wanted to drop everything and forget about college altogether, it was the inspirational words of my professors who showed their love, compassion, and most of all, encouragement that brought me back to see the big picture. They would remind me of my potential and point out the things that I did have going for me to show me that I couldn’t give up just yet. The kindness and passion that I found in my professors is a gift that I carry with me now, and want to share someday with students of my own.
As an adult, I now see the true importance of education- the potential for empowering others, inspiring the youth to want more than the lives they were given by their families, and the chance to make an impact on the future for both the students and their communities. Post-apartheid Namibia is a fertile nation receptive to the power of education for their children. Education creates equality, tolerance, and understanding.
Having the opportunity to teach English in a country such as Namibia would be a magnificent reward made up of so many memories and a heart full of satisfaction and gratitude. The chance to work with students who are eager to learn and who are hungry for knowledge would absolutely change my life and enlarge my heart! Learning English will tremendously benefit these students as they continue their studies and see more of the world. Teachers always say that the reward is in the progress of their students, and I would feel most fortunate to have this opportunity in my own life. With my understanding of the challenges of completing an education, I have what it takes to guide students to reach their full potential, and the patience to meet the needs and concerns of each child.
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