Becoming An Educator Is Enriching A Student 's Life

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As an educator, I want to help change the world. While I realize what I hope to accomplish is limited, I know through education I can have the greatest impact. One of the major satisfactions of being an educator is enriching a student 's life. This is a very profound and satisfying way to spend a career. My primary reason for deciding to pursue a Master of Science in First-Year Studies is because I feel the strong desire to positively influence and educate students. I began to enjoy school and education at the tail-end of my undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Prior to that point in my life, my passion was playing basketball. Throughout my educational career, I was a student-athlete who struggled academically. I remember feeling disconnected, intimidated, and frustrated. Initially for me, school was a means to an end because if I did not maintain my grades I would not be able to play basketball.

A life changing moment for me was when I made the transition from junior college to VCU. I struggled academically my first two semesters. As a result, I was declared academically ineligible and placed on academic warning by the University at the conclusion of my junior year. Unbeknownst to me, I had a learning disability I was not aware of until this point. With my advisors and coaches now aware of my situation, they provided me with the academic support and resources I needed to succeed academically. It took a lot of time and a great deal of patience

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