"If you want to make a difference in the lives of others and have a positive impact on the future, education is the right major for you! No other profession has the ability to shape our future quite like teaching does, so we need strong, dedicated, and motivated individuals to serve as educators if we want to see a positive future."
-Liz, The College of New Jersey
"Make sure to ask yourself exactly why you are thinking of a career in the education profession in the first place. Are educating and being entrusted with other people's children and adolescents truly what you want to do in life? Are you really willing to put in the work? What are your long-term priorities and ambitions, and will a career in education truly help you achieve these goals?"
-Victoria, Seton Hall University
"Being in the education profession is a learning experience every single day. You have to be ready for the unexpected answers and actions. Teachers have to be flexible in that way. People who aren’t educators just don’t get it. They won’t get you, your workload, or your passion. They do not understand why we slave away at all hours of the day. They don’t understand the summers spent on professional development and lesson planning – in fact, they think we just get restful, vacation filled summers off. They do not understand when we spend our own money on school supplies for our students. It is something unique to the teaching profession. We care deeply about our students and their education to the point where we sometimes forget about ourselves. Remember, it is all for the good of the students, but don’t forget to take care of yourself."
-Chelsea, The College of New Jersey
"Get involved on your campus. Classes are obviously the most important part of getting your degree as a pre-service educator, but involvement in organizations that target pre-service teachers helps increase opportunities to be involved in the profession early, and allows students to attend professional development where you can meet full time members who have so much knowledge to share with pre-service educators."
-Mariah, The College of New Jersey
"Although many people in today’s society will try to convince you to change your mind about education, you are studying to become one of the most influential figures in a child’s life. Work hard, take advantage of all opportunities, and remember why you fell in love with the profession."
-Ellen, Rowan University
"Get involved and utilize your network. Advisors don't always tell you the information you need so utilize your network of mentors so you can get the most out of your college experience."
-Samantha, The College of New Jersey
New Jersey Preservice Education Association (NJSEA)
As the preservice branch of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), we aspire to empower, excite, and inspire all future educators about their upcoming teaching careers in public education.
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