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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Kutztown chapter.


It is coming to the end of the semester and people are stressed, exhausted, and excited. I, on the other hand, am excited for the break but I know that excitement will be very short lived. I am sad about the year coming to the end, and there is one class that has become the root of my happiness this semester. I have truly found my passion. Everything I thought before this semester about my what my passion was has definitely led me to where I am, but was honestly wrong.

A little background on me, I started Kutztown in the Fall 2015 semester as an Art Education major and was not happy. I chalked it up to being a freshman and being stuck in a dingy dorm room (let me tell ya folks, freshman depression is not a joke). At the end of my freshman year, second semester, I picked up another major, social studies secondary education. I instantly felt revived (this major was my second choice when I was debating on college and major in high-school). I had believed that art was my passion but it is not. I love to paint, don’t get me wrong, it is a stress reliever, but I was missing something. My heart was not full.

Enter sophomore year and I am full of piss and vinegar, ready to take on the new challenge. I was pumped to take history classes, and be more involved in the education aspect of things. This semester/year was amazing. I figured out my path for life and knew exactly what I wanted to do, or so I thought. I knew in the back of my head that I was not fulfilled, I was still missing something, but I really just spent all this money? I can’t quit! So I kept chugging along into junior year, and fall 2017 was a really hard semester for me. I was struggling with a super heavy class load and extremely low motivation; I was waiting for that revived feeling to exist again. I battle a lot of emotional and mental struggles until the semester of spring 2018 came along. I was still slightly upset from the previous semester until I got involved in my secondary education class and cooperating teacher. My life was changed, not only within my education, but within my personal thoughts and opinions. I am excited to go to this class, my eyes have been open to problems I did not even know existed.

I was placed to observe in an Allentown public middle school. I was terrified to work in urban education but it turned out to be the best thing ever. I became so involved with the ideas of urban education and the situations that the students are exposed to. I did not want to leave at the end of the day. I knew that my life had just turned a new direction. I did not want to be teaching in a suburban/rural area but I want to help kids that struggle way beyond normal teenage issues.

My passion was no longer art, history, or just regular education (I still love all of these); but my heart lays within urban education. I know I am no where near educated enough to be able to teach students within urban settings. I still have a lot of learning left to do, but I will get there and I cannot wait for that day.

Katie Frasch

Kutztown '20

Educational advocate, animal lover, feminist, and a proud aunt of three. Family and friends make life, and all battles possible .