Since I want to be a teacher after college, I met with a high school acquaintance (a new teacher herself, a few years older than me) to ask her some questions. At one point I asked about her best classroom management techniques, and she said "What helped me most was the fact that I never tried to be their friend. You should NEVER see students as friends. I see myself as more of a mentor -- I even feel quite maternal." This made me really, really insecure -- I worry that the kids will NEVER respect me, because I don't look or act "maternal" in the slightest. To begin with, I'm 21 but look like I'm 16, and am fairly pe my personality is NOTHING like my friend's. She is really warm and kind but also quite serious, and I can definitely see why kids would see her as both firm and caring. On the other hand, I'm normally really spontaneous and casual. I like to make things fun. When I used to babysit kids, I normally saw the humor in small misbehaviors and was never too concerned about keeping perfect order. Does all of this sound like a problem to you all if I'm hoping to become a high school teacher? I DEFINITELY see the importance of being "professional" (thus, I'd be willing nd swap my crazy clothes for office ones), but I am worried that teaching might restrain my personality in ways that other professions wouldn't, simply because as a teacher I would always have to be an authority figure. I had been excited about the creative and interpersonal aspects about teaching, but now I wonder whether high schoolers would rip me apart. Any thoughts?