Monday, January 13, 2014

decide.commit.succeed.

I saw this print on pinterest a while back and it's basically what sealed the deal for me to do something I've been thinking about for a while. even before I graduated college I knew I wanted to continue my eduction..but where? online or traditional campus? how would I pay for it? could I do it while being a new teacher and new wife? a lot of negative lots flooded my mind about starting grad school. when I saw this print I realized that if I didn't make a decision and commit I would never succeed. literally within ten minutes of seeing it on pinterest (and making it my desktop background, duh!) I had my schools narrowed down to three choices and I had started applications to all of them.



I ultimately decided it would be better for me to get my degree online, but I wanted to make sure it was a reputable online university. I chose to go with liberty university for two reasons..1) it's a well-known program among educators, and 2) it is a christian university. even though I don't teach private school and jesus is the last thing I'm allowed to talk about, I'm excited to see a different approach to teaching. I've always known that even though I'm not allowed to talk to my kids about jesus (but oh how I would love that!!) I can certainly love them like He loves them. I know that god doesn't have to be in my curriculum to be in my classroom. I think this will be unique and wonderful opportunity for me to further my education in something that I am completely passionate about. so starting today my nights and weekends for the next year will be filled with textbooks, articles, and discussion boards ;)

what do you need to decide on, commit to, and succeed at?

11 comments:

  1. Good Luck!! So funny reading this- I've recently been doing a ton of research on liberty's online grad program! Would love to hear more about it down the road!

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  2. Congratulations on making the decision! I really want to get my masters too, but decided to wait until the end of my first year to start my program. Online definitely seems like the way to go and that is how I plan on doing it too. Good Luck! I can't wait to hear about it.

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  3. Good for you!! Love you are chasing your dream even when it might not be easy! :-) I hope that you're going to love your grad school program.

    I need to commit to sticking with my New Years Goals, which were to make time each week to work-out and have quiet time with the Lord several times a week. Those things are easier said then done- here's to another week of actually doing them (and starting to make them habit in my life!)

    xoxo A

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  4. That is awesome. I will be praying for you as you start this new journey. It's amazing what we find on Pinterest and how it can affect us! Good luck!!

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  5. I'm in Liberty's online marriage & family therapy program. Best of luck in your education classes :)

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  6. So exciting! Nicole and I had a chat about this last night and she said that you went with Liberty, but I'd love to know what other online programs you looked at. I definitely want to get this started in the next year but I'm not entirely sure which school to choose!

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  7. So excited for you! I never would have thought to get a masters from a Christian university...but that's such a great idea! I'd love to have a Christian perspective on teaching to compare with a public university perspective. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  8. Best of luck! My best friend is marrying the president's son from Liberty, small world! And I LOVE what you said about loving children as Jesus does in public schools. So often I think that I just want to teach them about His love, but there is nothing greater than modeling that love and joy about life. Thank you for the reminder, Jamie!

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  9. oh my goodness, that is so exciting! I've had a lot of friends that went to Liberty and they absolutely loved it! I finished out my degree online and while it is very different from traditional classes, it definitely has it's pros! Can't wait to hear more!

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  10. Congratulations! I always went back and forth too on when was the right time to start grad school, National boards, etc. But in reality, it's different from everyone. I've heard wonderful things about Liberty and even know a few people who've attended there. I hope you have just as much of a positive experience as they've had!

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  11. You can do it! It will be so worth it in the end.I started online classes this past fall. Way different than in the classroom--so much more flexibility! Good Luck!

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