My New Job
- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 06/2/2007
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
When I am working in a high school, it is different. Often in high schools I am mistaken for a student. One day, I had a teacher stop me in the hallway and ask, "Why aren't you in class?" When I told her who I was, she laughed and said "Don't worry, later in your teaching career you'd look back at this and laugh." Another time, a teacher wondered what I was doing in the staff break room.
* Interestingly, the students don't see me as one of them. They always ask me If I am a student teacher. A 15-year-old asks me how old I am in a conversation. I tell him I am almost 24. His response, "Wow, you don't look that old." Oh, thanks a lot!
* What I like about this job is I get to work at different schools and programs. One day, I'll be doing high school Special Ed. and another day 7th grade ESL. And I can choose when to work. This week I have been working with Special Ed. kids and I really have to say it takes a special person to be a special education teacher. I mean you have to work with kids with all kinds of issues. You have to be emotionally strong.
* Today, I worked in a high school special education class for kids with mild/moderate mental retardation and behavior problems. That teacher I worked under was amazing. I could really tell he cared for those kids. Some people mask a fake pity out of duty or because they feel they have to. But, people can see right through it. True compassion and love cannot be faked easily. Some may miss it at first but eventually when you realize all along how much someone cares about others, it does something to you. I was really inspired by this teacher by observing him and working under him.