“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”- Aristotle
About nine years ago, after graduating from high school, I decided to entertain the thought of becoming an educator. I hadn’t fully accepted the career choice as the major was chosen for me by my parents. It had been my mother’s dream to become a teacher but she couldn’t due to not meeting the admission requirements for undergraduate studies. So I decided to vicariously make that dream come true by becoming one myself. However, when I started taking education courses in the university, the spark of love for this field was ignited through the rich content that was delivered to us about different language theories. The more I was involved in the program the more my passion grew. I was so interested in learning topics like how to prepare lesson plans to how language is taught that I knew then that this was the right major for me.
I immediately decided that, after I got my diploma, I would pursue an advanced degree in order to learn more about the field of language education. So the four years at Gulf University for Science and Technology, located in West Mishref, Kuwait, where I pursued my bachelors, passed and I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. I was so passionate about studying abroad that even before graduating from GUST, I started preparing the admission requirements to get into an American university, which included taking high stakes English tests for international students, having to take the GRE general test, and applying for a scholarship. In addition, I started looking for universities accredited by Kuwait’s Culture Office, by going through the list available on their website and writing down application deadlines in order not to miss the dates.
I prepared all of the requirements for admission and I started my online applications, applying to more than 10 universities. I ultimately received 5 acceptance letters and had to make a choice of which university I would attend. Overcoming a seemingly-endless number of obstacles that I faced (might discuss the obstacles in another entry) before and after joining the Florida State University, I have earned my diploma in Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with a major in Foreign and Second Language Education, the major that I am most passionate about. So, from being forced to entertain an unappealing thought to having fallen in love with a subject, I am now truly grateful for the opportunity to pursue education as a lifetime career.