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Those Who Don't Do... Teach?

Yes, you read that right. I am going to be a teacher. But, before you freak out or anything, let me explain. I’ve been working full-time as a lab tech for more than two years, and, while the job doesn’t stimulate me in the slightest, it is what is funding my Master’s degree. And it’s how I go to the doctor, and am able to take vacations – you understand. It’s how I live. I’ve wanted to quit to focus on my degree and finding a job in my field, but H constantly reminds me that, with a wedding coming up, we can’t afford for me to not be working full-time. So, ugh.

Then, this graduate teaching assistantship sort of fell into my lap. My advisor emailed those of us students who he knew were living in the area of the community college where this will be taking place – not the same city as the school where I’m taking classes. So that narrowed it down. And I get along very well with him and trust him, so I applied right away. What could it hurt, I thought.

Well. I got it. And I have discussed it with my boss at my full-time job, and she has agreed to let me come to work late three times a week so I can have office hours at this other job. How great is that? I’ve always felt that I wasn’t completely appreciated at my full-time job, so that made me feel good. She knows that I work hard.

So, I’m going to be a teacher part-time at a community college. Teaching engineering students about technical communication. Am I ready for this? I’m not sure. But it will undoubtedly help me find a full-time job in my field after I graduate. And if I like it, I could maybe find a full-time job teaching afterward. It’s a step in the right direction, that’s for sure!

So, apparently, those who don’t do (because they are bound by silly things like “needing a full-time job” and “health insurance”), teach (part-time).


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