A Little about Me

A little about me as a student, a teacher, and a life long learner.


I’ve always been a pretty decent student: I got good grades, I paid attention in class, did my homework, and showed up on time. While I wasn’t the most adamant about school, I was definitely there to learn. 

When high school came to an end and it was time to go to college I decided to take a break. My parents really wanted me to go, but I needed to figure out what I wanted for myself. That is, I think, the American dream after all.

Anyway, I worked here and there, did some new reading on my own, and after I noticed that I was spending my nights and weekends reading biographies of great people I decided it was time to go back to school.

It was a slow, part time start as a non-traditional student, but I got the work done and got into the flow of things. And, ultimately, I did a lot more with my well rested and rather eager frame of mind.

In college I studied English with a minor in Writing, was a Poetry Center intern for two years, taught four sections of ESL classes, and I took two trips abroad earning my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate and working as a teaching intern in a kindergarten.

While I was abroad, in Germany, something similar happened as when I took time off of school—I found myself reading a lot and writing a whole lot more than that. So, while I was there, teaching cute little kids to speak English, I also applied to MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) programs in creative writing, more particularly, poetry.

When I returned from my year in Germany I started right into my Masters program, which lasted three years. While there I worked as a University and high school English tutor, as well as a Poetry Center manager. I loved it. I learned a ton from my classes and from my peers/friends, and I spent a lot of time in the library stacks looking into all sorts of things.

Looking back, if I hadn’t taken that time to myself to figure out what I really wanted, I never would have finished a Masters degree or checked out little over a hundred books while I was there. I learned that learning is very important to me, and more so, that getting an education is more than earning a piece of paper that acts like a hall pass. What it really is about, I can’t say: it’s one of those things you have to figure out for yourself. But when you do, you’ll be all the better for it. 

At Octoberfest in Munich, with the best beer in the world and a classic Bavarian meal of duck and potatoes.

Author: poeticallyatlarge

I am a writer, a bookworm, and a poet at large.

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