I turn students on to the thrill of reading, writing, and all magic in between.
Get up, head to class. I teach a total of five classes, we meet twice a week for an hour and twenty minutes. In addition to instruction, I hold office hours, where I have the opportunity to meet with students one on one. Because I get bored easily, I am constantly researching new ways to inspire and reach my students. There is a lot of out of class time spent on grading, and that really is the most time consuming, sometimes the most frustrating (but equally rewarding) part of the job.
Having several "careers" before teaching, I have learned to think about those various life experiences as a means to communicate with my students. Helping them see the translation of education into the careers of their choosing is important. Learning to see life as metaphor is the gift that education offers; Various work experiences are still experiences, and I often compare the lessons on a job to the lessons in the classroom. The best lessons are often life lessons.
Here's the first step for everyone
Be persistent. Be open to doing a lot of side jobs in the process. Ask for help. Get to know people within the department. Volunteer. Stay upbeat and positive because teaching is the BEST job!! Honest.
""How are you ever going to make a decent living with a degree in poetry?""
Though parents are pivotal people in our lives, I also had incredible mentor/teachers who believed in me and encouraged me when I wanted to quit. I also had other supports outside of the education arena who saw me and the magic light in my eyes when I was learning and writing, they saw me through.
I was a single parent who worked full time and went to school full time; I was too proud to believe I should ask for financial aid. That changed when I lost my job and had to apply for welfare. It was humiliating but a valuable and humbling exp.