Teaching philosophy series: Life after graduation

The following posts have been individually constructed from my personal teaching philosophy document. This post is part 4 in my teaching philosophy series.

To date, I have published:

A lot happened during my time at university, but to keep things concise, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Communication Studies. While my grades were decent, they were never extraordinary. I found myself in a familiar predicament, reminiscent of my high school days – feeling uncertain about the future and where I fit into it.

Going to college

Throughout my life, I’ve always held a deep love for libraries. So, I made my way across town to Algonquin College and pursued a diploma in their Library and Information Technician program. It was during this program that I truly excelled, and I believe two factors played a crucial role in my success. Firstly, I was a mature student with a university degree under my belt, which provided me with valuable experience to draw from. Secondly, I was genuinely passionate about what I was learning.

In my final year of the program, I participated in the mandatory co-op program, and, with a newfound love for academics, I returned to Carleton University Library for my placement. This decision turned out to be one of the few early choices in my life that worked out as planned. I worked diligently, and my efforts did not go unnoticed by my co-op supervisor, Lynda F.

After a short contract at Algonquin College, I returned to Carleton University to work in their library.

Returning to Carleton University

After a short contract stint at Algonquin College, I received an invitation to interview for a term position at Carleton University Library as a Library Reserves Technician at the recommendation of my co-op supervisor.

Lesson 3: When you find your passion, things work better. 

Header photo by Baim Hanif on Unsplash

My teaching philosophy was designed and influenced by the guide from Western University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning titled Writing a teaching philosophy statement.

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