Monday, March 19, 2012

Topic of the Week: Looking Forward

For many School of Education students, graduation is right around the corner. Student teaching is coming to an end, and it time to finalize post-graduation plans. For other underclassmen students, there is still much time left to plan. No matter what year a student may be, it is always a wise decision to have a tentative plan for life after college. Planning helps us to set our career goals, stay on track as undergraduate students, and be as best prepared as possible for the future.
There are numerous options for students after they have obtained their Bachelor's degree. Some choose to go right into teaching and begin the job hunt as soon as their final semester of college begins, while others plan to attend graduate school. Of course, many students choose to work full-time while also attending graduate school in the evenings.
What is your post-graduation plan?
Do you see yourself going straight to graduate school, getting a teaching job, taking time off, or traveling? Do you plan on applying for a teaching organization such as Teach For America or the Peace Corps?


  1. As of right now I see so many different options available to me, and I am always discussing them with my friends, family, and teachers. My plans are always changing, but I always have my goals set up with Plan A, Plan B, etc. Currently my goal is to attend graduate school immediately after I graduate. On that same note, I am hoping to take my first semester of grad school online, because one of my bigger goals is to be a part of the Disney College Program, which will not only help me fulfill one of my aspirations of working for Disney, but it will also help me in my development as a leader, and good teachers are not only leaders in their classroom, but also leaders in society. So I hope to go to graduate school hopefully at Columbia or St. John's. On that same note, I also realize as my plans are coming closer to reality, many of the upperclassmen that I am so friendly with are graduating and that makes me really sad. But all these friendships that I am making are so valuable to me and will really help me because I am learning how to be a better teacher from all of them.
    ~Nicholas Amster Class of 2015, Adolescent Education/Spanish

    1. We're so glad to hear you're having such a positive St. John's experience and are developing lasting friendships with fellow SOE students. Best of luck with the Disney College Program! It truly is an exciting organization to be a part of and will enable you to further develop your leadership skills while thoroughly enjoying yourself at the same time. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. As I prepare for Senior Year I am readying myself for all of my Grad School applications. I plan on going straight into Graduate School post St. John's. If I can settle into Grad School well enough I would like to start looking for a teaching job that I would be able to start during my second year of school. I do not know if I will stay in New York after or if I will move to another city like Philadelphia or Washington DC. I want to stay here for Graduate School so I can have my full New York Certification. Life always throws curve balls so lets see what is to come.

  3. Quickly approaching is the end of my sophomore year, which will mark the half-way point of my undergraduate experience at Saint John's! It is exciting but also quite scary to think that in the near future I will have many important decisions to make concerning my career. While I have many ideas of what I would like to do with my teaching degree, it seems like my plans for my ideas after school change everyday. I'm enrolled in the 5-year BS/MS program so I will definitely be attending an additional year, but what happens after that is still up in the air. I am passionate about working with disadvantaged children, but I am still unsure if this passion will manifest itself in a career in the field of general education, special education, or ESL. One of my lifelong dreams has been to teach English in a foreign country and that is something I definitely intend to do at some point in my life. Weather I end up working in Latin America or inner-city New York, I hope that I will be able to channel my enthusiasm for helping people into in a meaningful career!

  4. After I graduate from St. John's, I definitely would have to go to graduate school to get my master's degree in Education. I like to set my goals high and I hope I get into Cornell. I would like to work in Korea next summer as a English teacher. My relatives told me I can earn a lot of money that way. But, also I can have fun in Korea with my relatives whom I haven't seen in awhile!