BA in History 2014; Teacher Credential Program 2015
School of Education
April 1, 2014
“I want to make an impact on someone’s life through the realm of education.”
Throughout my life I have often pondered what kind of legacy I will leave behind on this earth and what effect I will have on future generations. When I was a young student in school I knew that I wanted to be remembered as a man that made a difference in the world. However, while I realized what my life’s mission would be, I struggled to find a profession that would adequately allow me to pursue this goal. That is until I observed the constant efforts of the hard working teachers that helped shape who I am.
In my community, the true life-changers were the dedicated educators that came to work every day with hopeful aspirations of making a difference. These educators went above and beyond the classroom setting. They not only sought to impart knowledge in their students but also to motivate them to achieve to the best of their ability. Despite the dangers and negative influence of the community these teachers were determined to make a difference. As a result of my exposure to this constant effort, I knew very early that I wanted to continue the legacy that these great educators left behind. I wanted to make an impact on someone’s life through education.
As a result of my life’s passion I knew that I must stay vigilant and dedicated to my goals. I knew that I must take advantage of all the opportunities given to me and I must make the most out of them. I chose to come to UC Irvine because I heard about its prestigious credential program. I knew that UC Irvine’s School of Education would more than adequately prepare me for being a future educator. I declared a minor in educational studies early in my college years. Due to my involvement with the minor I have gained a great insight on the field of education. For example in Education 50 I learned about various issues plaguing the education system. This course allowed me to raise questions about the current state of education and generate possible solutions for these issues.
The School of Education has also provided me with the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in the field. Through my participation in the exclusive CASE program I have gained experience working with students of different ages and backgrounds. I have developed different tools that will in turn aid me as a future educator. With the CASE program I have completed 100 volunteer hours at several after school programs, and I hope to continue my involvement in these program past my certification. CASE is the first program of its kind within the United States and as a current UC Irvine student I am grateful for the opportunity to be certified and properly trained to work in after school settings.
The School of Education has provided me with many opportunities that will in turn aid me in completing my goal of becoming an impactful educator. I seek to continue my tenure at the School of Education past my graduation in June through my participation in the credential program. I am eager to return to such a professional program with an insightful and helpful staff. As I reflect upon my time as an undergraduate and my experience with the School of Education, I am proud to say that I am an Anteater.