Regrets (college is not the only path)

I teach summer school each year to a group of awesome English language learners from all over the world. It’s a fun and rewarding gig, and I love teaching at such a diverse school with such polite and interesting students.

One of my favorite field trips we did with these students was visit a Coast Guard base in Grand Haven, Michigan. Within a few minutes of the tour, I was regretful that I didn’t join when I was 18-years-old.

I would’ve loved (but hated at the time) being forced to do boot camp and get into shape. I would’ve loved being forced to move every few years and see new parts of the country on the government’s dime.

I would’ve loved getting free training, free housing, free food, and free education. And mostly, I would’ve loved retiring at 38.

I would’ve also loved the camaraderie and being part of a team that has an important mission to perform. If you’re young and clueless about what to do with your life, check out the Coast Guard!

Published by Mr. Curtis Sensei

Hello! My name’s Curt, and I’m a teacher, Director of ELL, and Co-Director of Educational Technology at a small private high school in West Michigan. I share my ideas here.

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