If you’re a high school student, chances are you’ve been thinking about where you will go to college. Or if you will go to college at all.
I’ve been there. And as a former teacher, I’ve seen thousands of students there, too. So I wrote this book to help you.
This book offers sound advice about deciding whether or not you want to go to college, and, if you decide to go, how you can save time and money along the way.
“This is the book about college I wish I had read when I was younger.” – My 30-year-old self
SHOULD I GO TO COLLEGE? WHAT ABOUT STUDENT LOAN DEBT?
•Describes what college is
•Promotes thoughtful self-reflection
•Outlines your options post-high school
•Offers tragically hilarious truths about teaching
•Reaffirms the code of personal responsibility
•Likens student loans to dragons that need to be slain
ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS BOOK GO TOWARD HELPING STUDENTS PAY OFF THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEBT.
I WAS A TEACHER FOR A QUITE A LONG time. I taught for about eight years, and while that might not seem like much, I can assure you that eight years is a long time — made even more so because . . . it’s teaching. The teaching profession in America is on the decline (I have made it a personal mission to make sure my children are not teachers, and I know I am not alone in this), and I am not the only one who has blamed more paperwork and more bureaucracy for this situation.
Having firsthand knowledge, I can’t blame teachers for quitting. One can only take hearing the same excuses so many times (“My grandmother was in the hospital,” “My computer got a virus,” “My family was eaten by a raging pack of rabid squirrels who’d gotten into my neighbor’s secret cannabis farm,” etc.) before taking it personally. Of course you take it personally! It’s not like the actual insults — both to your face and behind your back — with all the implied and direct barbs, haven’t gotten to you. Nor has the disingenuous interest or the genuine apathy escaped your notice. Not to mention the rise of terrible administrators, the lack of a real support system, and the way so much pressure is put on students to work with computers and science. (Did you know that since STEM majors are the current “IT girl” ha! in education, English and History teachers also have to include assignments that touch on those subjects?) That’s not the only area, either. Since the culture is so obsessed with sex, it usually comes up in our conversations. I’ve had students asking if Louis XVI was gay or if Marshmallow Man was asexual, if Picard from that one Star Trek TV show had more or less sex than the average person because he was bald.
But yes . . . multiple subjects are inserted into the topical classes just so we can pretend we’re doing right by our professional duties.
So, as a teacher, you feel like the job you pursued in hopes of getting to talk to the next generation about your love of poetry or your obsession with historical dates has turned into a sales job, and you couldn’t care less about the product. There’s a reason an AT&T salesman won’t try to sell you cable while also offering you a discount on a treadmill and a free mounted animal head for your bathroom.
Teachers today are largely overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, and overstressed. It’s easier to believe we can throw money at a problem to fix it, but that’s not true. You actually have to have people show up, and teaching is automatically handicapped, because the people who have to show up include students, parents, and sometimes the police or a social worker. And at any given moment, at least two of those three parties don’t come or don’t really want to come.
Being a teacher in today’s world means choosing to be the George Costanza of career choices. (No offense, Jason Alexander.) You’re always upset about something that may or may not be your fault, you feel awkward and ugly and looked down on, and so much of other people’s lives and good humor depends on you.
Thank you, C. S. Johnson and R&R Book Tours.
About the Author
C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me