English teacher Joseph Monahan – Purdue 2007
Q: What piece of advice/life token would you give someone entering their 20’s based off of what has happened to you in your life?
A: ”In your 20’s I think you should explore life a little if you can and have the luxury of doing that, and not just plunge into a career right away. Have fun in your 20’s, go out, travel, do different things, meet different people, get some more experiences that will benefit you later on.”
Q: How and why did you choose to pursue a career in education and decide that college was the best option for you?
A: ”Well, I didn’t initially I started college and then I quit and started working other jobs. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s when I realized that I had wasted a lot of time and it was time to do what I really wanted to do. So I went back and got my degree and became a teacher.”
Q: What challenges involving love, career, and day to day life do you feel like are the hardest to overcome and why?
A: Staying motivated which shouldn’t be difficult if you’re doing something you like. Failure I mean it could be anything from just having just a bad day to having something tragic that’s how it is for everybody. Life is just a series of events and how you deal with them. It sounds grim, but sooner or later bad things are going to happen and life is about how you deal with those challenges.”
Q: What is something you wish you would’ve known before entering your 20’s?
A: ”That it’s always best to get hot salsa.”
Q: If you could do it all over again would you do anything differently and if so what would it be?
A: ”I don’t believe in that kind of stuff because even poor decisions or mistakes or failures or bad events that affect you; all create the person who you are today. So I’m happy with the person I’ve become today. Sure, I mean in a perfect world there’s a lot of things I wish I would have done differently, but who knows where that would have led. Maybe it would have led to a good result.”
Q: Are you happy with where you are currently at and do you plan to always stay in this career?
A: ”Yes and yes.”
Q: For the high school graduates that are choosing to go to college what advice would you give them?
A: ”Go to the cheapest possible college you can for the first 2 years because all you’re going to be doing is taking your basic courses. And then spend those last 2 years going away and pursuing your chosen field.”