I am a substitute in California going through a teaching credential program and it is honestly sucking all the joy out of my life. TPAs, endless tests, worthless assignments, and thousands of dollars spent on classes for what?! Just so I can live in one of the most overpriced parts of the country on a wage that's barely cutting it?! I'm no stranger to hard work but if there is one thing I can't stand it's arbitrary work. I have enjoyed substituting. I have done it for a year now. I often think about all the things I would do with a class but then the mind numbing, frustrating, and time wasting junk that makes up my credential makes me want to scream. It makes me want to go find something else to do. What's worse, I know that if I were living in Texas or Florida or Arizona I would be credentialed by now with a lot less frustration and stress and wasted money. I would leave this awful place but then I would have no way to support myself. Few employers today will hire you unless you live in the area already so getting a job first and moving afterward is out of the question. However, if instead I moved first and then tried to get a job after I could potentially run out of money and be left homeless. I'm stuck with no way to win. I'll say it, I hate California! I hate the people who run this state! I'm so tired and frustrated and I can't take it anymore!