My Goals

Short-Term Goals

Within the next five years, I will have taught English internationally, developed a solid foundation for an online tutoring program, and attained any degrees or certifications necessary.

Teaching English has proven to be a highly influential phase of my life. The practice of tutoring incorporates many elements of altruism, intelligence, and organization, all of which I value greatly. Being able to gain knowledge efficiently, share it, and see it grow in others have been revolutionary ideologies in my experience. Knowledge has transformed myself and those around me for the better, especially knowledge of language and communication.

A primary goal of my work as an English educator is to provide a system where interested people can learn language on their own or with the help of a knowledgable guide. The Internet allows for the automation of information sharing. This kind of automation can be used for the purposes of teaching English. A dominant element of this technologically-specific work is defining the descriptive characteristics of the knowledge that is to be shared. For this reason, I recognize the need to receive an extensive background in teaching English, its pedagogies, theories, and practices.

Long-Term Goals

My long-term goals are somewhat of a mix between actual accomplishments, and lifelong mentalities: work as an editor, teach, continue to learn and play music, teach, write for a living, teach, control all of my time, and teach.

If there was ever one underlying principle of my life, it is that I enjoy educating others. But I think one of the greatest ways to learn is to teach. Teaching enforces concepts way more than anything else could, unless maybe you’re the Shakespeare of your trade. My biggest interests in teaching are focused on non-native speakers of English living in foreign countries; I would very much enjoy traveling to teach them English and talk to them about literature. I think the cultures of the world may have different ways of looking at Huckleberry Finn or The Great Gatsby, and I’d like to find out what they are.

At some point in my life, I’d love a well-paying job as an editor. I think I am a good editor. Perhaps a better way of putting it is that I am able to look at a piece of writing in different ways, finding different meanings or interpretations that might not be apparent. I love to play with words, when I can.

Ever since I picked up the guitar over a year ago, I knew I’d never set it down for good. I must always expand my musical knowledge.

This has probably been inferred at this point, already, but I am looking towards writing for a living. I mean it as a long-term goal in the sense that I will be financially secure at this time. The one question people always ask, but I never have a solid answer to, is “What do you want to write about?” I guess as a part of this goal, I need to find at least one dependable response to this, hopefully more.

Being able to control all of my time is important to me because I value my time. I am going to do many great things throughout my life, and I want to make sure that I’ve got enough time to do every single one of them. Every time I settle into the paces of a new endeavor, I will have to make a conscious effort to use that opportunity to its fullest advantage; the clearest example of how I’m accomplishing this currently is my college career. After starting college full-time, I have understood the kind of time-commitment that is required, and have adapted to work within it.

Learning Outcome Connections

There are five desired outcomes SLCC wants to see in their outgoing students: learn a substantial amount of information about their field; communicate effectively; develop quantitative literacy; think critically; and be engaged civically. Certainly, I will come to be touched by all of these outcomes, as I already have by a few. All of them, however, are excellent overall goals to be given by the college. They present a clear standard about what the student can expect as well as what the school should be providing.

My career path may take me in many directions, so I need to be prepared for many work-related aspects. I chose English/Writing as my field of study at SLCC because, as I have come to learn through the program, writing is one of the most important and time consuming parts of most jobs. With all the excellent writing classes I’ve taken and lessons learned in them, I now have a huge base from which to build, realistically, any profession. The knowledge I gained in SLCC’s English program has tremendously improved my ability to succeed.

Being an effective communicator is something I’ve striven to attain on a personal level, as well as one of the school’s outcomes. Because I’ve taken such a personal interest in the past, the school’s effort to better me as a communicator seems to be more impacting. I think an example of this is how I took my personal portfolio, which this website once was, and turned it into the ePortfolio, which it is now. This transformational process taught me an immense amount about what is important to have in a portfolio and how to best present yourself in a public venue.

While I haven’t yet taken the quantitative literacy course for my degree, I know the class will be majorly important to me personally. I didn’t particularly enjoy math when I was younger, but I didn’t really enjoy school much either. Now, however, I love school, so I’m going into a math class with an open mind. Potentially, the class may change my ideas about what I want to do for work. Or perhaps I still won’t enjoy the subject. So whether I find a new passion or re-live an exhausted dread, I assume SLCC is going to do a great job in furthering my know-how of the mathematical arts.

I like the idea of “Critical Thinking” but sometimes I feel like people think about it differently than I do. To me, thinking in a critical way would have you like a bloodhound on any logical issues with whatever you’re pondering, as a “critic” would. I think a notion I like better, but still much the same, is simply being thoughtful. Being thoughtful, maybe you’re more aware of things outside issues such as “right and wrong,” as a critic might be. Am I thoughtful? I say yes. Am I a critical thinker? I think that answer comes from whoever observes my critical abilities, for my “right and wrongs” may not be theirs.

Finally, the school wants to instill us with the motivation to be civically engaged. Well, I can’t speak for every student of course, but I think this nail was hit on the head with my service learning experience. I would say that any student who takes part in service learning, and actually puts forth the effort to get even a small amount out of it, will get out quite much more than they were expecting. Like much of my college experience, the service learning I did showed me, on a community level, a great deal of what different jobs could have me doing, but also how I can apply what I’m learning to my work. Even if it’s just a small bit that you were able to do, service learning is an excellent opportunity to get out there and do something for a local employer or non-profit, which is completely awesome.



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