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:
- Part 1, My introduction
- Part 2, Navigating my path to university
- Part 3, Pursuing university via the Enriched Support Program
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.
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.
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.