The End of an Era
As I stubbed my toe getting out of the car and hastily attempted to locate room B004; I failed to notice that today was the last day I would ever walk the corridors of IM Marsh Campus.
As I shared strawberries and cream sweets (totally declaring the 10 second rule when one fell to the ground) and frantically searched through my purse in desperate need of a pen; I failed to notice that today I attended my last ever PGCE lecture.
As I laughed with girlfriends about my inability to correctly date my essay, fought with the fancy binding machine and spun in my JMU blue library chair; I failed to notice that I today I submitted my last ever assignment. Gone are the days of stressful all-nighters and that damn Harvard referencing.
As I sat in Charlotte' s car reminiscing about that random saxophone man we once found in a bush, danced embarrassingly as I belted out the tunes of Savage Garden and giggled about our Kite adventures in September; I failed to notice that today was the last time I'd ride home with my friend.
But as I pressed the jagged square key into the lock of our front door, made a bee-line for the couch and sat aimlessly staring out the of our living room window... I noticed. It hit me like a ton of bricks. All of the time, blood, sweat, tears, exhaustion, confusion, frustration, self-doubt, sadness, laughs, happiness, excitement...it was actually worth it. And all of a sudden the tears rolled down my face as I was struck with an overwhelming sense of pride. I actually did it. I put my heart and soul into these past 10 months and in doing so I've obtained Qualified Teacher Status and achieved my personal goal of a Working Beyond final teaching grade. I've completed my Masters Level Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Early Years. I am officially a teacher.
Just typing 'I am officially a teacher' makes me beam. I am grinning from ear to ear and fighting back the nostalgic and sentimental tears. This past year has been the most demanding, gruelling, strenuous, difficult, amazing, exciting, rewarding, gratifying and extraordinary year of my life. I've had the opportunity to work with some of most inspirational practitioners, form unbelievably close bonds with so many precious children, and make lasting friendships which I'll cherish always. I feel unbelievably blessed. I feel unbelievably accomplished. I feel unbelievably excited for what the future holds.
After 19 consecutive years of schooling, today is truly the end of an era. The next time I step foot into the classroom, it'll be as Mrs. Anderson and I will be the one shaping minds. There are no words to describe how truly poignant that is for me. My heart is overflowing with joy.
So now all that's left to say is: Roll on July 13th. I'm ready to rock that cap and gown!
Thanks for reading, guys.
Lots of love, love, love,