What gets you through the toughest times in your teaching career?

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  1. LittleShakespeare

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    I don’t know why, but every time you comment on one of my posts, I always get this weird vibe. You seem to try to find holes in everything and cite textual evidence to try and support your claim. I think your ELA teachers would be very proud though. :)

    But I sense that you like stirring the pot for some reason. Did you not read my question? It was about seeking advice for sticking out through the hard times. If you want to post about something else, like ellipses, maybe you should look elsewhere, and not my posts? Just a suggestion.

    Happy Holidays!
     
  2. a2z

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    On a positive note since I cite, at least I am not making things up and claiming you said them! :D
     
  3. LittleShakespeare

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    Good job, I guess? :confused:
     
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    Hmmm, sounds like you less want advice, and more want to think out loud and then come to your decision, which is fine, just not what I understood from your original post. I will say that I am amazed that at your age (very very young to me) you are thinking about your future and saving etc, but then you mention trip that you will have earned. So on one side is trip, on one side your stress levels. Good for you for going to dr about this and good luck with whatever decision YOU decide to make. A lot of people here seem to bring up valid things for you to keep in mind as you weigh your decisions. Good luck with whatever your decisions are!
     
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    You shouldn’t even be thinking about getting a mortgage when you have so much outstanding debt! Watch Dave Ramsey on YouTube and follow his plan.

    And since you plan to incur even more debt to finance your PhD program, then you should wait before you start looking for a house.

    If you don’t mind me asking, how much debt do you have? I’m just concerned that you are going to not be able to afford your ever-growing student loans on top of a mortgage...
     
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    Sounds like this poster's eyes are bigger than her stomach, if you get my drift.
     
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  7. LittleShakespeare

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    Sounds like this poster’s brain is smaller than her heart, if you catch mine. :)
     
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  8. LittleShakespeare

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    Oh no, a PhD program is funded. I will not go into debt paying for a PhD when they pay you to research there. My grad school debt is mainly from my master’s degree.

    Also, I held off on the mortgage to minimize my debt first and boost that credit score. That’s why I kept my current job, even when I didn’t want to. I also needed the health insurance for my medicine. :( I’m also working a second job (tutoring) to minimize my debt, and it’s been going pretty well so far. I just tutor on the weekends to make some extra cash.

    I’ve actually stopped taking papers home to grade, and I’ve started noticing a difference in my health. Things have been really great knowing this situation is time-stamped.
     
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    I wanted to know what gets teachers during the tough times, but I feel like this conversation went somewhere else completely. I understand why, and I humbly apologize if my posts have upset anyone. I appreciate how you’ve listened and offered me some kind words of wisdom. I don’t think I’ll be posting for advice in regards to my school. I honestly don’t need to anymore because I have my answer.

    Although I considered your advice and heard multiple perspectives, at the end of the day, I have to do what’s right for me. I have bills. I have a resume to boost. I have students who are counting on me, even if it’s just a small population. I have my family who needs me right now. It’s just six months, and then I’m off to something better. I already handed in my resignation (effective June 15th). Things have gotten a lot easier knowing this isn’t forever. It’s just till June 15th.

    In the meantime, I’m working hard to eliminate my credit card debt, singing in choir again, taking care of my health, going to the gym, and refusing to take work home. I’ll be all right. Just keep me in your prayers. ;)

    Thanks so much, everybody! I hope everyone is adjusting well after winter break. I’m trying so hard not to go to bed at 6:30 PM most days. :p
     
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  10. Milsey

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    Prayer. I look at my daughter's baby book, and seeing how much progress she has made. Seeing my debt load reach 3 digits!
     
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  11. LittleShakespeare

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    That’s so awesome. :)
     
  12. MathGuy31

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    Wrong
    Post:)
     
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    Honestly, my team members get me through the tough times (and, of course, my family). Having a team that is on the same page and can understand when I need to vent is so helpful. Chances are that one of them is experiencing the same things that I am with respect to our classes.
     
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    I’m so sorry, I thought she meant that her debt has gone down to three digits, like $500 for example. :(
     
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    I read it that way too. I saw it as a positive.
     

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