Following my first month teaching Speech Communication at Keiser University in Pembroke Pines, I returned to Southeastern College, where I am teaching my sixth class in Speech Communication. With each class, I learn to improve my teaching experience. For instance, for this class, I provide my students with a Glossary of Terms, a three-page document listing the verbiage used in the course.
Words like extemporaneous, rhetoric, and absolute relate to issues having to do with public speakers. It took me two years to develop this glossary and I am finding it very useful in this class. The point I am making here is that each experience, even when it is repetitive, can be a new beginning in life.
New beginnings are the path to excitement in life. When I completed my Master’s degree in Communications in 1994, I had no idea I would be teaching Speech 23 years later. Now, I am looking forward to teaching Business Marketing, which I studied for my doctorate that I completed in July.
When you remain open to possibilities in life, you find all kinds of opportunities that you never imagined. People implement change in your life when they learn about what you have accomplished. But you must continue to learn and grow. You must not stagnate.
What a travesty it is to for young people to think their lives are finished once they graduate from college, marry, have children, and raise them. At 70, I am embarking on a new journey as a professor and I am excited every single day. I encourage everyone to keep learning, keep growing, and envision your life as something new every day.
Dr. Joan Cartwright