You see, I’d been talking to a “friend,” (a hot girl befriended on a dating site, who never took the time to actually meet me in person, I’ll call her “Coach”), who teaches ESL on an Indian Reservation. (By “Indian” I mean native, but I resent that term, because *I* am a native. I was born here too, and I sure as shit don’t have a home in England. And unlike “natives” I don’t get a free education. Lucky bastards… grumble…) Anyway, she told me she made 60K a year, plus benefits, and I thought, “damn, now I really don’t feel like going to another country to teach English for the equivalent of minimum wage. Not when I’m this close to going to teacher’s college. So I’m going to keep pushing through the prerequisites I need.
I still haven’t decided whether I want to teach small kids, teens, or just go all out, get a PhD and teach university kids. And if I want to teach high school, it’s strongly recommended, (if not required,) to have two teachable subjects. (Coach only has one, but she teaches on a reservation, so the rules are probably different. You know, like all the other rule for “natives.”) A mere English B.A. would only give me one, so I’m trying to figure out what to do about a minor. I’m considering psychology or history. There are merits to both. But I was torn today about which to commit to. So of course, I didn’t. I took two English classes, because I realized that I could follow a simple principle: Knights before Bishops. When you have known and unknown steps to be taken toward a goal, you take the known ones first. This may seem rather obvious, but today, it was exactly what I needed to solve my dilemma. In chess, when you’re making your first grab at territory, there really is only one ideal square for the knights to jump to. The knight almost always open towards the center. Since you’re going to do this anyway, you may as well do it first, because there are a number of different logical places to put your bishops, and which one is best may not become apparent until later on.
We went over the syllabi in both classes today, and pretty excited about the reading list. Our Brit lit professor is actually contemplating changing one or two of the readings to suit what we haven’t read, or would read. I thought that was a nice touch. We’re going to be analyzing poetry in that class too, which should help with my craft.
Also, there is this girl that I noticed, (isn’t there always?), in both of my classes. So after the second class, I thought, “perfect that’s my ice breaker.” And so I broke the ice with her and we talked about our decisions to take these two English classes, and how unsuccessfully we’d been thus far at getting our educations to work out for us. We parted ways at the bus stop, were she said she was going to the comic book shop. And so I thought, “nerd!” It turns out this girl also has every modern console system, and she… is… GORGEOUS! She’s like the ultimate nerd’s wet dream. I’m going to be sitting right next to her in Thursday’s class, without a shadow of a doubt in my mind. I’ve decided to call her Parasite Eve. Some clever video game humor went into that one. Anyway, though I’ve only just met her today, I have a mad crush on her, and though this will probably only end in tears, for now I choose to enjoy it.