Do you want to become a teacher? So do the university and college students who wrote these 10 essays. In each essay, a student discusses the reasons why they want to be a teacher and their motivation for studying towards their education degree.
1. Future leaders
In a world where differences are frowned upon, I want to be the difference. That’s why I’ve decided to become a teacher. I want to exemplify compassion and support for everyone. As I begin university late this summer, my main motivation will be my students. Although I haven’t even met them yet, they constantly inspire me to persevere in my classes and to be optimistic about the future.
My classroom will be one that supports innovative thinking and celebrates the individuality of each student. As a teacher, I want to be able to positively influence and encourage the next generation so that they can be successful and achieve all that they aspire to become while also making the world a better place. I know that by teaching the importance of inclusion and the power of kindness, my students will go on to be visionary thinkers and educated members of society.
2. For my students
The dream of success motivates me to study. Not my success, my future students’ success. I push myself through the rough spots for them.
I was a lost child in high school; I didn’t know how to apply to university, let alone afford it. No child should have to experience that. As a future educator, I’m committed to helping my students succeed, achieve more, and continue on to higher education. Every child should be given the opportunity to showcase their strengths and follow their dreams. Uni was never a dream for me; it was a far off, unattainable fantasy. I met some inspiring teachers in high school who encouraged me to change my life and who helped me to thrive. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I plan to work at a low-income school similar to the one I attended. These types of schools are the ones who lack resources. Serving as a resource to the students, I hope to be an inspiration to them. In turn, they’ll hopefully become kind, respectful adults. They’ll see the virtue in helping others and may serve others in their future careers. I aim to be the teacher they remember; to be the teacher that helped them succeed. Personal success as a teacher is if my students are successful in attaining their goals. If one student decides to achieve more then I’ll have achieved my dream.
3. ESL children
I’m a Hispanic young woman working towards my goal of earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Education. At times, I definitely have felt a slowing in my motivation. But, every time that happens, I think about my end goal and that gets me moving again.
I recall one of my middle school classes in which there was a boy who never participated in class. He always sat with his hooded-head down on the desk. It was only after interacting with this boy that I found out he spoke broken English with a Spanish accent. No-one in our class knew that he struggled to understand what the teacher was teaching him because it was in English. His attitude showed me that he had already “accepted his fate”. His past teachers had likely been unable to communicate with him and over time he had just given up.
I think of him and the disadvantages he’s endured, giving me motivation to keep working. I want to be an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) school teacher because I want to have a positive impact on young ESL children and show them they can succeed in this world. I don’t want one more child to grow up thinking that they’re incapable of learning simply because an education is unavailable in the language they speak. Children are our future, so I’ll keep working towards my goal so I can make sure the future includes all children, no matter their first language.
4. Want to give
Dreams can be subjective. They are based mostly, or solely, on what we desire. But dreams are not only for us: if you asked some of the greatest revolutionaries and pioneers throughout history about their dreams, they always had someone else in mind. In his famous “I have a Dream” speech, Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. used the word “we” at least thirty times. Dreams are not only for our benefit but to help, encourage, and inspire others.
In 2015, I graduated from California Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. While I was there, I was caring for my disabled mother, who was a religious studies professor and taught me how to be diligent and steadfast with my schoolwork and studying. It was hard to juggle being a caregiver and a student but the goal of teaching what I love kept pushing me. Just before my graduation, we learned that my mother had throat cancer. However, she kept encouraging me to finish my final paper so I could graduate. With this motivation, my religious faith, and my desire to teach English literature, I graduated.
I find that wanting to help, to encourage, and to inspire others motivate me to continue at studying. Teaching is rewarding because you are giving back all that was given to you to someone else. Life’s trials will take us for tailspins but we continue to strive for our dreams, especially when there are others a part of that dream.
5. Giving back
Motivation is whatever a person needs to persevere through tough situations. My motivation comes from the desire to become a teacher capable of making a difference in many children’s lives. I was a special education student in primary school, and I have worked hard every day of my life to succeed. I would not have succeeded without the support of my amazing teachers. I have the desire to be that supportive teacher for as many students as possible.
When there is a class or an assignment that I don’t want to do, I just think of what motivates me, and that motivation is children. Many students in the world feel lost or hopeless when it came to their education, just like I did. I want to be the teacher that turns their education around and gives them the support and motivation to persevere and succeeded in their studies. In the end, everyone motivates themselves one way or another, and my motivation is found by the desire to help future students.
6. Good morning
I’ve never been what some would call “naturally intelligent” – never been the type of student who could blow off studying and still manage to pull out an A on a test with the words, “good job” scrawled at the top in red ink. I will never be the type of student who can spend every weekend partying and still have a refrigerator-worthy report card. I realised that I am not inherently “good” at school a long time ago, but that is what drives me to study as hard as I can.
I am probably the only teenager on Earth who will spend three hours at night studying for an exam in AP Art History, just to set my alarm clock for three in the morning to study some more. I study so intensely because I have a dream. With every inch of my heart, I yearn to become a primary school teacher.
I want to inspire children to follow their hopes and passions, much like I have myself. I want my students to know that if they work hard, they can achieve anything that their hearts desire. That little glimmer of happiness that I see in my siblings’ eyes when I help them answer a question correctly is what keeps me going. I completely invest myself in school because, one day, when I get to say, “Good morning class, my name is Ms. Meyers,” I know it will all be worth it.
7. Listen to them
The reason I dream of becoming an educator is so that I can positively impact the lives of my students. I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had this past year volunteering with local youth organisations, as they have only reaffirmed the passion I have towards being a positive role model and advocate for the next generation.
Speaking with teens about their lives, and taking an active interest in the activities they enjoy and the goals they have set for themselves (while providing constructive suggestions in terms of direction) is an incredibly rewarding experience. I remember how great it felt to be heard when I was a student. It’s my goal to be as genuinely engaged in the growth of my students as I possibly can, and to treat them with the respect they deserve every single day.
For example, many of the students we work with in these organisations come from social and economic backgrounds that make them unique but sometimes ostracised by their peers. By growing my awareness of stories like those of these students, I feel more prepared to ensure that my future students from these backgrounds are recognised and appreciated for the diversity they embody.
8. Life coach
My motivation to study, as a future educator of high school students, is to make a positive impact on teenagers’ lives – so that they will make the best decisions that will affect their lives as well as their future children’s lives. Once all of that settles in my mind, it’s a tremendous weight on my shoulders. But it also means that studying through the tough courses and advanced tests will all be worth it.
My dream is to be a firm mentor to my students because not every teenager has a good home background. I want my class to be the escape for that student. Just for a few hours, he or she will get to have a break from their home and find refuge in school, and I believe that will have a long-term effect to keep him or her in school. I remember throughout my high school career, I want to be like Coach Morgan — he was funny, practical, and nice. Every student trusts him, and that’s the very thing I want my students to have in me.
9. The motivator
As a current senior in high school, I am very excited about my future. At university, I plan to study Primary Education. Children are our future and I hope to make a positive difference in their lives. As I look back on my primary and high school experiences, I have been fortunate to have been taught by some very strong and effective individuals. These very teachers have helped me to discover that I too, would like to be a teacher someday. I have been blessed by people who love what they do and are very motivating and encouraging toward their students.
I hope to be a teacher someday who will be just as effective as my past teachers have been with me. They made a difference in my life and in my future and one day, I hope to give the same to my students. What motivates me and keeps me going is knowing that one day I too can make a positive difference in a child’s life. With so much going on in today’s world, children need role models to look up to and someone to encourage and motivate them.
As long as this fire to teach burns within me, I will go after my goals and I will achieve them. I’ll be a successful university student and someday a successful teacher. I look forward to my university education and to my future and what lies ahead.
10. Special needs
I see him walk into the gym. We make eye contact. His arms open and he smiles as big as he can. He makes his way up the challenging steps on the bleachers to get to me. He hugs me harder than anyone else. He doesn’t judge how I look or what I am wearing. He is truly happy to see me for who I am. He has down syndrome, his name is Kellan.
My dream is to make a difference in the life of a child. I dream of helping a student do something that no one thought they could do. I plan to do this by treating this children like they are my own. I want to celebrate every little success with them. I look forward to helping them develop and my hopes for them will go way beyond my classroom.
Kellan has touched my life forever. I see the passion and excitement in his eyes every time he overcomes something that would have once set him back. Kellan has helped me realise that I dream of making my classroom a place where stepping stones can happen to help these children lead fulfilling lives.