So how does one go from barely getting out of high school and flunking out of college, to college graduate, twice, to teacher/tutor/counselor, teacher again, then to driving a truck?The answer is – I’m not really sure….
The unadulterated truth is that I really had no plan for anything. Going into the military was in the back of my mind until I was told that there was more in store for me than rotting in a barracks for most of my young adult life. So not having a plan I embarked on the stereotypical expected life of a guy in the LDS Church. I went on a mission, went to BYU and got married.
For some strange reason that didn’t work out as well as I thought it would – something about lacking preparation, maturity, self discipline and a half dozen other traits necessary for success in life…. Granted I made the best of my inexperience by later becoming a counselor and teaching, as best I could, younger students the skills I needed when I was their age. But I digress. I think I digress.
From BYU dropout to Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma was a step up in taking responsibility for myself, my wife and little family. I actually applied myself, studied and earned the grades and diploma. Unfortunately my marriage didn’t survive, but that’s another story.
The reason I’m putting this out is not to aggrandize myself, but to send out a message to my young friends about:
- Finding what you’re interested in,
- Making a plan,
- Making the best of your years in high school
- That would be studying hard, getting good grades and applying for scholarships,
- Finding the colleges that have the best programs in your chosen field,
- Getting into the school of your choice then
- Work your butt off,
- Apply for more scholarships,
- Work harder, get into Summer programs and internships,
- Graduate with honors!
Back to me,
I graduated from MSC with an Associates Degree in Industrial Technology, Gunsmithing, and a lot of debt. There were no jobs out there for someone with my skills and I didn’t have the $$$$ to set up shop.
Another word of advise? Get a useful education… “I have a degree in Liberal Arts, would you like fries with that?”
On to Weber State College (University). Weber Ute Tribe Teacher Training, 1989, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education. Funny thing, I wish I could have found a secondary education degree..
Next bit of advise? Mike doubly sure your degree is in a field where you love your job and like going to work every day. Yes I enjoyed education, but I think I’d have been much happier working in a high school.
Utah State University, Counseling & Psychology.
More advise, make sure you get all of your paperwork filled out, filed, copied and finished! I didn’t, 3 years later I applied for graduation and found that I hadn’t been admitted to the program.
5 years counseling on a provisional certificate, 2 more teaching, then my application for renewal of my teaching certificate was sent back because the secretary at the front desk said I needed 200 hours of on the job training while I was saying I only needed 100 hours. 34 earned hours later the request was sent in and I was dismissed from my position. The renewed certificate came back with a letter stating that I had only needed 100 hours.
The games adults play. I do take my certificate and work as a substitute for a couple of years… and I obtained a teaching certificate in California so I could work there. But that, again, is another story.
Now I drive a truck and make more than most teachers.