Yes, I am a first year teacher. Yes, I know the first year is hard and it's supposed to get better but I am so unhappy. I chose education thinking I would love teaching Language Arts (my favorite subject) and being around kids. I also chose it, though, because I was pushing four years in school without a major and because 'creative writing' wasn't a viable career option. I have my long work days, I hate taking loads of work home with me, I hate that I can't just teach! I have to collect data for OTES and TBT and my Growth Plan and all sorts of other acronyms and how do I have time to do all of this?! I'm burnt out! I want to have a life outside of my job....so many teachers at my school consider their career their life and I don't feel that way. Is there anything else I can do with my degree? I have a bachelor's in middle childhood education. I thought about maybe looking into becoming a media specialist and working in a library or something. I just can't do this anymore. The stress is killing me.