For me life was about nothing more than soccer and attending college on a scholarship. As fate would have it I was cut from the Varsity squad in my senior year, after 3 years in the program. I realized that my grades alone could not get me into college and I could see everything I had worked for slipping away from me. It was not until I went to Bridgton Academy, a post-graduate school for males that the light went on. I arrived early for pre-season camp and was excited for the second chance. Not only was Bridgton ranked number one in the country for college recruits with soccer, but this was going to be the year that made a difference in my life. Bridgton was known for having teachers that push their students to their full potential and I had never had that before. When May rolled around I had been accepted to many schools for both academic reasons as well athletic reasons. I choose Colby-Sawyer College, and that fall is when I had my first experience as to why I wanted to be a teacher.
I agreed to play soccer for Colby-Sawyer and enter the pre-season camp in August. During the summer, I suffered an injury that sidelined me from playing so I focused on my studies. My professors were always encouraging me to think outside of the box, to push the limits of traditional teachings. My history professors in particular always wanted me to think creatively and critically about what it was that I was being taught. They were very supportive and were open to my ideas. I was encouraged by their faith in me. They allowed me to do an independent study that allowed me to teach a freshmen class, in a new manner by showing them modern films to enhance their learning that they would have not normally seen. An experience which I will never forget and truly do thank my professors for allowing me such an opportunity. They are now developing a course solely based off of what I did with the students.
Being there for people and enriching their experiences through learning at school is a huge part of who I am. I provided a new way of thinking amongst my peers which earned me their respect. I am a spontaneous and caring person, as well as a unique and communicative person in the classroom. My professors have always told me that I am a hard worker as well as an original student, one that thinks outside the box and has the ability to make connections to the subject, in ways that are not traditional. I am very committed to teaching and learning as well as how the people I teach learn from me. I am a hard worker when it comes to my methods, because not only do I want my students to understand the material, I want them to enjoy learning about it. I have been to private schools for the past five years both in the post graduate system, as well as private college in New Hampshire, which I feel adds to my qualifications. I am comfortable with living in the dorms and being an advisor to students should they need help with adjusting. I am also young enough to relate to the times and am able to articulate the current history and political situations that are occurring to them in a way that they will be able to understand.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s in History Society and Culture this past May looking to provide students the same insight that my professors had given me. I learned from my professors that if you have a passion for a subject and way to relate it to people then that is all that matters. I will never give up on my students or my teammates; and I owe it to myself not to give up on myself when it comes to doing what it is that I truly want to do. I am very confident that I will bring a new sense of education to your fine institution. I would appreciate it if you would take the time to review my resume, which will show my qualifications to teach the subject matter at hand.
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