I’m surprised to say, I love teaching. It’s fun, and I feel like I learn as much from it as my students. Sure, everything doesn’t go exactly as planned, but I learned how to roll with the punches and modify my lessons and goals based on what happens in the classroom. Teaching also caused me to reassess my own behavior and see where I can improve my life. I think I can be happy teaching, researching, and writing/creating art. It’s amazing to watch people as the lightbulb clicks in their head and they understand how to do something. Sometimes less than pleasant experiences emerge, but that’s true in any field–even ones you love.
Teaching is a way I can make a difference, one life at a time.