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Teaching vs Writing
I’m a rising Junior in college at a crossroads with my career. In my freshman year I decided to venture into the world of teaching secondary education, ideally middle school or high school mathematics, and I followed through by taking the appropriate classes building towards the requirements in each field. Entering college, I knew mathematics was my specialty, but teaching had not been a serious consideration until I found that the basic principles and calculus and algebra were where I mastered math and that applied fields in college were slightly more challenging. Teaching would provide a field in my major where the harder material is not necessarily crucial when the key is relaying information to youth.
However in my spare time I am an avid sports fan, writing for a number of online blogs including my own, and I hold a significant position at my college newspaper writing and editing sports. I have always considered writing to be a hobby and nothing more, but I have received encouragement from fellow writers and others that I should go into sports journalism because I have a talent for writing and understanding baseball, which has been my focus. To me, the two fields seem fairly far apart and I’m not sure where to go from here. I am lined up well to complete the mathematics and secondary education requirements at my school in my remaining two years, and could find myself teaching directly out of college while going for my Masters.
On the other hand I could instead attempt to switch my focus very late into my time at college and try journalism, where I have more experience (I’ve never taught at any level but have tutored from time to time). The problem with this is that I don’t feel as if writing is as secure a field, and directly out of college already in significant debt it would be nice to have a teaching position lined up. Of course if I’m not going into teaching then graduate school is out of the question as I try to find something in the world of sports journalism.
I guess the decision isn’t that hard because after writing this I envision myself going into teaching, and I suppose and can keep writing on the back burner to some extent. I don’t want two years of college to go to waste as I’ve built a foundation in mathematics and education, and at the same time venturing into journalism with only two years remaining is daunting. Any thoughts? Maybe my mind is made up but I’d like to hear the thoughts of anyone else out there who has faced decisions when it comes to pursuing a career or simply the fields of journalism and mathematics. Thanks very much.
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