I’m currently an English major with a minor in secondary education at university. I’m a junior, and at my school you don’t begin field experiences until your second semester of your junior year. This is all to say I’m now in my “observations” at a local high school, and I’ve only had a brief experience volunteering with a high school English class before this. I’ve given one lesson so far and I just don’t know how I feel about teaching anymore. I’m a shy and introverted person, which I know doesn’t mean I can’t be a good teacher. However, I am having a really hard time connecting with students and going in just terrifies me. It’s an okay experience at best on a good day where I actually am able to work with students, but I’m just really feeling an urge to escape and to change my major completely. I find myself getting irritated at the students who I know have valid reasons for acting out (in foster care system, struggling readers, etc) but I just feel like a good teacher would have more patience and compassion. I don’t HATE them but I’m afraid that this doubt and frustration so early on is a sign that this might not be right for me. The thought of going in even more next semester makes my blood run cold in fear, while the thought of switching to studying solely English excites me. Any advice?