I am in my final year of College and by Spring 09 will officially begin the student teaching process. Ever since I was a lil girl I wanted to become a teacher. I don't see my self doing anything else but that. After I moved from Jamaica, WI I still have that dream and is pursuing it now. However, after observing in the USA High School I find that I still love teaching but, these kids are much different from what I am use to and it is discouraging me tons. It is more work especially paperwork than anticipated and the lack of respect for authority is atrocious. I do LOVE teaching, I DO care for the kids, I DO bask in their abilities to learn, I DO enjoy coming to school to see them but this long drawn out STUDENT teaching process is making me nervous and fearful that I sometimes get unhappy and totally turned off from wanting to teach. But my heart is saying "this is you- this is what you love to do. This is what you were born to do." Is it that I am getting cold feet and becoming overwhelmed with what I see in the school systems or is it that I am truly stressed out about the ST-teaching process? I think it might be both. What do you have to say? I welcome constructive critisms and suggestions. Thank you.