July 27, 2000 Chasing My Dream
When I graduated from college, my sister gave me a beautiful plaque that reads, “GOALS: If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Being a teacher may not be a common “dream,” but it’s always been mine. There is a faded, yellow construction paper scroll in my closet that I made in the 4th grade. Even though I’m not supposed to open it until 2002, I still remember what I wrote in it more than 16 years ago. It wrote, “I will be a teacher.”
My life has been blessed with many great opportunities. But always, in the back of my mind, I longed to be in a classroom of students. Sometimes I even questioned if that fateful yellow scroll fueled my teaching aspirations, but now I’m certain that I need to fulfill this childhood dream of mine.
I’ve been accepted into the Masters of Teaching Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Classes start on Tuesday. My last day at the office is tomorrow.
Leaving my job and friends at this company is bittersweet. My excitement is tinged with sadness at saying good-bye to the friends and associates I’ve worked with for almost two years.
Although the marketing company doesn’t seem to fit into the “teaching” puzzle, it’s been another great life experience. I’ve always believed that a teacher should have something special to offer her students. My 3rd grade teacher loved the arts. My 5th grade teacher loved story telling. My 9th grade teacher loved Shakespeare. As a student, having a teacher so passionate about something was inspiring. I love Japan, and my experiences at my current Japanese-focused marketing company can only impact my students in a positive way. This job was my “success unexpected in common hours.”
I’m looking forward becoming a teacher, and am excited about fulfilling another goal in my life. I’m also looking forward to opening that scroll in two years, and feeling the success of having achieved my childhood aspiration.
But I’m still sad at leaving my friends at work, for another of my life goals has always been to enjoy life in the company of my dearest friends, many of whom I’ve met there.
Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #39（スーザン先生の英語講座 その39）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“I’d like to take a lei with me back to Japan. What do you recommend?”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program, and am now employed at PacRim Marketing Group, Inc. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|