It’s no secret that I want to teach. It’s really the only thing that I’ve ever wanted to do for an extended period of time and it’s what I always come back to when I go through that questioning period every now and again.

For a long time I said that I would stay in California to get my credential because it’s one of the toughest states to become licensed in. Recently I’ve had a change of heart.

There’s a part of me that has wanted out of California for a long time. I mean honestly, a girl who has no interest in sports does not move to Iowa for a semester simply because she wants to go to the University of Iowa. I needed to see other places. As much as I liked Iowa, it was definitely not the right place for me to be.

Now is a much better time for me to be exploring. My car is also deciding that it’s getting close to the end. That fact combined with my hippie instincts makes me want to explore a city that doesn’t require me to have a car to do so.

There aren’t a terrible lot of those in California, so that credential is just going to have to wait. Well, probably.

I’m taking this week to research what I need in order to apply to graduate schools in Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While I know that there are other cities I could/should be looking into, but at the moment I’m trying to keep my applications to a relative minimum.

If at all possible, I’ll be in a different city as soon as January. Let’s hope that will work out, though I’m rather aware that moving to some of these cities in the middle of winter is definitely not ideal for a total California girl.

Do you have another city I should be looking into? Where would you go?