Herding Cattle is a Transferable Skill

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Feb 28 2012

Cue the Kelly Clarkson Music

It’s not the content anymore; it’s not trying to find the bathroom, or fighting the copier, or even the surreal feeling I’m stuck in a  weird 2012 Groundhog Day.

It’s the feeling of powerlessness in the face of crazy odds every single day; it’s feeling weak, knowing I need to fix it, but not knowing how. It’s the nightmares. It’s feeling like I’m forgetting my identity.

But you know what? I got an email from my professor advisor from college:

“About your TFA job, I know it is worse than you anticipated… but when your commitment is over this experience will pay dividends for you beyond what you can imagine. It may always seem like a bad dream, but it will fade and you will be left with what it is- a solid experience that made you a better person and gave you a view of American life not many have- I have no doubt you will be stronger because of this experience.”

He’s right. This will pass, leaving me a better person; certainly forever changed, but not destroyed.

2 Responses

  1. He is totesss right, and from this I’m assuming it’s your first year and loooord does it get better! Keep goin!

  2. Alec

    This is the epitome of a TFA teachers. Don’t worry, it will be over soon and it will make you better.

    The message I send my graduate students who go into the toughest schools:

    “If you are strong, you will help your students be better. If you are good, it is on you to take on the tough challenges. You have the power to make the world around you a better place for those who have the least.”

    I guess TFA is all about just making you a better person. And you are proud of this?

    My job is never a nightmare. Ever.

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