Hello again, future Badgers!
Are you ready to hear about my next step in nearing graduation? Well, my next step is to head off to Teacher’s College next year! I was really excited to hear about how Brock gives students the option to complete Teacher’s College at the St. Catharines campus or the Hamilton campus. For me, this option was really helpful because I live in the GTA, so commuting became possible with the Hamilton campus. This meant that with the option to live at home, not only was I able to save on the money that I would spend monthly on rent, but the placements and teaching blocks that I would complete during my time in Teacher’s College would be completed in school boards closer to my home—which is where I intend to teach full-time.
Talking to peers who are currently completing Teacher College has been really insightful, but another way to learn more about your future field is through Mentorship Plus. Mentorship Plus pairs Brock students with upper year students to help facilitate and support them during their time at Brock. As I was a mentee in my first year, I was excited to now have the experience and knowledge to become a mentor. But Mentorship Plus had another option that I was interested in: Career Mentors. This is a service that pairs students with Career Mentors, who are individuals that are practicing in a field of interest to the student. So in my case, I was able to connect with an experienced teacher to get answers to my many questions about my future career. Therefore, through an open dialogue with my friends and mentor, I have truly acquired a better understanding of what it means to be a teacher. I know this is looking quite far ahead, but I hope you seek out a similar experience when your graduation nears as well!