- Class: AVID I Period 4
- Educator: Kathy Van Dusen
- Home Base: Middle College High School
I mashed up my Interests to direct me down my own road. Take the Roadmap quiz for yourself!
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In high school, I hope to accomplish all years, not only that but I also wish to graduate with my AA degree in psychology. I hope to take as many opportunities as I can to get many scholarships as well as college credits to gain more than one degree. Lastly, I hope to get into the honors program at Santa Ana College and graduate with A's and/or B's. I see myself going to college at a good distance from Santa Ana, like UC Davis or UCLA, I haven't really thought about it too much. I imagine myself getting a doctorate degree in psychology and using it to get a job at a school or at a company. I will go as far as to say that I want kids before the age of 25, and I want to travel the world with my family and be more involved in my religion.
He teaches French at Santa Ana College.
What type of route did this leader take?
"It was straightforward."
"It took a while to figure out."
"I tried everything."
Leader's Work Life
I didn't have much time to ask him about an average day at Santa Ana College but I can imagine that he goes to work and sets up the lesson on the board for his students to take notes on and he interacts with his students to help them pronounce and translate french words, as well as understand the proper nouns and when to use each for who. Then, he'd have a break in between his classes to relax for a bit and eat a snack or lunch, as well as grading tests and updating grades online. Finally, he goes home to feed his dog and play with him.
Some noise that my leader heard along his road was that teachers don't make a lot of money. He felt pressured to pick a different career. His father had been a doctor, therefore also encouraged him to become a doctor so they would have something to bond over. He overcame the noise by continuing to do what he wanted and not settling for something else. Since he had been learning languages since he was young enough to understand English, it had been clear that his career wanted to do with language. Once he was set on his path, he got support from his family.
Advice from my Leader
Some advice that my Leader gave was that its all about the journey and not the destination. This is very important because it shows that you should put a lot of effort into the steps that it takes to get to were you want to go. It shows that destinations and goals are always changing and that you should live in the moment and not put yourself too far ahead, because then you might get stuck in one place, unsure of what you want to do. Hence the motto "live in the moment", which means to just enjoy the small things and moments that you might not get later.
The most important thing I learned from making my cold-calls are to make sure you include your name in the voicemail and what school you're from because the professor has no idea who you are or what you want to interview him/her for. Earlier this week, I learned that a lot of professors never answer their phones because they wait for the voicemail message. Therefore I learned that making sure your voicemail includes as much information as you can but making sure it stays under a minute. That way, if the professor seems interested, they'll call back to find out more information. The reason why I put this gif is because they never answer.
Before and After
Before my Leader Interview, I thought that this was just another assignment that Mrs. Van Dusen assigned and I didn't really think much of it because the professors are really busy at Santa Ana College so I wasn't sure we were going to get an interview, but now I realize that most professors are interested about the future students they're probably going to get because many of will be taking one of their classes in the near future. Throughout my interview, I realized how helpful and inspiring it was to get feedback and advice on how you want to decide on what you want to do in the future.