Everyone has had a career goal, either when they were younger or now while they are older-- especially New Haven High School teachers and students.
When Katie Borcherding, New Haven’s high school art teacher, was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she simply said that she wanted to be an architect. She was then asked why this career interested her so much. She replied,
“When I went to college, I majored in Fashion Design. While in college I interned for two summers at a corporate design house and found myself longing to work somewhere that I could actually create things rather than sitting in front of a computer. I also disliked being stuck inside working on spreadsheets during the summers. I found out that my former high school art teacher was leaving New Haven High School. I applied for the job and was hired. Now I get to create art every day. My days range from printmaking and painting to pottery and sculpture. It's a really fun job.”
Kelsey McCroskey, New Haven’s high school upper English and Journalism teacher, was asked what she wanted to be when she was a kid. She said, “When I was in kindergarten, I said I wanted to be Pocahontas when I grew up. Later though, as my brain grew in size, I liked the idea of teaching or being a copy-editor at a publishing house. Ultimately though, I still just want to be Pocahontas.”
Kayla Brumels, sophomore, said that she had wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She was asked if she has changed her mind on this career at all. She replied,
“Yes. I have seen other people succeed in their jobs of being a doctor, so I want to be one because I like making people [feel] better so they can live [their lives] like any other [healthy] human beings.
Lydia Otten, sophomore, wants to become a preschool teacher.
“I have always thought it was the coolest thing ever. Also, I saw teachers get birthday treats and presents from students and I really wanted them. So, I said that is what I am going to do, just so I can get treats,” she said, after being asked why she chose this career. Lydia still wants to become a teacher, but a second or third grade teacher instead.
Devin Buchheit, senior, was asked what he wanted to be and why he chose this career. He responded with, “I really wanted to be in the military. I chose this career because I had always wanted to make a change when I was a kid.”
He was also asked if he was preparing for this career and how he’s preparing. He said, “Yes, I am preparing for it. I am working out, studying properly, and meeting with fellow sailors to get the knowledge and training for when I go out into the fleet.”
Mackenzie Bauer, senior, was asked the same set of questions as Devin. Her responses were, “I always wanted to be a teacher. I always made my mom be my student and I was the teacher when I was younger. I really want to work with children. My junior year, I was a teacher aide for one of the kindergarten classes, and absolutely loved it! Currently I am not [preparing for it]. However, next year at college, I will be given the opportunity to student teach, which I am very excited about.”
Not everybody can be what they want to, but some of these students are either trying to become what they want to be, and some of the teachers are already what they wanted to be.