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Will I enjoy my college classes?

I am getting a elementary education degree and i love the subject and I love teaching but I was wondering if I would be worn down by my classes. Ive heard that its a relatively easy major but i wasnt sure. #education #majors


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Leslie’s Answer

There are going to be classes and people that are challenging.  Most of the elementary education majors that I have taught get interested with the course work, because they love to work with kids. It's less about the major being easy and more about learning about elementary education.

The course work, among other things, teaches them about child development, adolescent behavior, and how to deal with it. Many of them already have experience with teaching or raising kids so the course work speaks to them.

They learn "why" kids do certain things and how they learn, which in turns adds richness to their previous experiences with kids. Then they are able to modify what they were doing right and wrong to become MUCH better teachers. 


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Michele’s Answer

As much as you think you love the subject, you are probably going to enjoy it. What's most important is that, if you find you do not enjoy it as much as you expected, you need to pause and evaluate your path. If you find the work is not appealing, it's important to talk with the guidance advisors about your concerns. There may be an opportunity to take some different elective course to expose you to other topics and allow you to determine if education is the right path for you. You can also take advantage of career inventory tools online to help you evaluate if that career is a good match for you and your interests.

Be open to new experiences and consider things that maybe your didn't consider previously. You are making a big financial investment and it should be in something that will support you in what you want to be doing long term. Pursing a degree that aligns with your interests and how you want to invest your future is a big part of making the right decisions on your studies now.

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Michele’s Answer

As much as you think you love the subject, you are probably going to enjoy it. What's most important is that, if you find you do not enjoy it as much as you expected, you need to pause and evaluate your path. If you find the work is not appealing, it's important to talk with the guidance advisors about your concerns. There may be an opportunity to take some different elective course to expose you to other topics and allow you to determine if education is the right path for you. You can also take advantage of career inventory tools online to help you evaluate if that career is a good match for you and your interests.

Be open to new experiences and consider things that maybe your didn't consider previously. You are making a big financial investment and it should be in something that will support you in what you want to be doing long term. Pursing a degree that aligns with your interests and how you want to invest your future is a big part of making the right decisions on your studies now.

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Donna’s Answer

I don't think any college student should be worn down by their classes. Find the right balance between your workload and taking breaks to relax with things you enjoy. A positive attitude will always get you through life challenges. Good luck!

Donna recommends the following next steps:

Determine what parts of school workloads are most challenging for you; do those first.
Form a study circle.
Form a circle of friends to take breaks away from schoolwork.
Spend quiet time each day.
Talk to someone if you get stressed.

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