In my household, my family expected me to pursue medicine, law, teaching, or some variation of those professions since those were popular choices for Caribbean families. I grew up dreaming and praying that one day I would find my space in the medical field as an OB-GYN doctor. I spent hours researching the best programs and watching YouTube videos that documented “A Day in the Life of a Doctor.” I was so convinced that being a doctor was the path I would take that I did not take the time to pray and ask for God’s direction.
When college came, I eagerly pushed my way through my first degree in technology so I could transfer to a big university and pursue the pre-med track. I finally got the opportunity to pursue the pre-med track at a new university, and when I did, I failed miserably. The sciences were my weakest subject, but I was in denial about it. I kept going until I failed out of school not once but twice with a 1.2 GPA. Inevitably, I started to give up on my dream of becoming a doctor.
During my time of giving up, I picked up a book titled the De- sire of Ages by Ellen G. White. Through reading this book, I got to know and love Jesus, and this is the book that showed me that the profession God wanted me in was teaching and not the medical field. I cried many tears when I had this revelation in prayer because this was not what I was expecting to hear from God.
At this point, I had nothing to lose so I decided to obey God and pursue the teaching track. After leaning into my strengths of teaching and writing, I raised my 1.2 GPA up to a 2.8 GPA. I got two scholarships to study abroad in Spain where I got the opportunity to volunteer at an all-girls high school, and then I also got my first teaching job directly after I graduated undergrad. In fact, I graduated from my under- graduate program on May 31, 2019, and I started my graduate program remotely on June 1, 2019. When I look back at my journey into teaching, I see that God really knows the plans He has for us, and it is up to us to trust His will for our lives.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).