Well, it's back to the bike trainer for me--and not because it's gross outside either. It's actually 4:30AM, and I have to be at work at 6:30AM and then stay until 5PM. ...and that is now my schedule 4 days a week. If you think that sounds crazy, your right. A few crazy football coaches think they know what kids need in terms of academics and strength training better than I do--even though that's my job and specialization. On top of that, I'm going back to teaching hundreds of teenage kids about things the could care less about. Let's not forget that In order to be certified to teach, I must also take classes at night. (Can you begin to sense my frustration?). After a lot of crying over my schedule and disdain for the whole profession I realized there is no way I can sustain this long term. I do not like teaching PE. I wasn't quite sure what I did like, but in the course of the last 11 days of winter break, I realized its not that I don't like to teach, it's that I hate all the BS surrounding it--the football coaches, the IMPACT score, the morning meetings and 11 hour days, the students who fail because they don't care to change up... No, I won't call parents to tell them that their child sits on the bleacher all day. The kids has been wormed EVERY DAY that he will fail my class.
So with the start of the new year, I have decided to make the scariest investment I've ever made--myself. I plan to go to either GW or U of M next year for a master's degree in Exercise Science with the goal (as of now) obtaining a doctorate so I can teach and do research at the college level. I've always loved my major and the classes I took at WMU, but the thought of paying for 6 more years of education scares the crap out of me! I did my research and found that if I get an assistantship or a merit scholarship that my student loans might be next to nothing. However, in order to do that, I need to get my application in by February 15th. SO it's 4:30 in the morning and I don't look forward to the day at all except that as soon as I finish my blog, and then again tonight at 6pm, I'm going to study my ass off for the GRE that I will be taking in the next few weeks. I will be glad to wake up at 4 again tomorrow (I say that now) knowing its one day closer to my ticket out! I will be glad to do ridiculously early morning workouts because it's one step closer to the absolute bliss I will feel when I cross the finishline. Some people make resolutions for the new year. Mine this year is to work towards happiness, and I'm more determined than ever!