Lesson Learned - PGCE Year


Hello hello, friends! I can’t believe how long it has been since I’ve done one of these posts.

Reading over the one from last year, it’s hard to believe that graduation wasn’t that long ago.

Now, here I am at the end of my full-time education career. I now get to enter an actual career!

This year has simultaneously been the longest and quickest year of my life. The days were long, but the weeks were short. Naturally, that came with some learning.


1.       No roommate is perfect, and it’s not always their fault.

Living with people is hard. Everyone has grown up valuing different things as part of a household. It can be really hard to bridge everyone’s expectations.

As a result, people start judging others for their ways of living.

I think the important thing to keep in mind that no one is perfect, and you also have flaws that the others will pick apart.

I, for example, am loud and I sometimes forget to wash my dishes or pick up my laundry from the drying room. I’m sure there are a million other things that people didn’t like about living with me. But I recognize that.

They’re not perfect, and neither am I.

3.        I care way too much about what people think, and it deeply affects my life.

This revelation struck me so hard that I was “off” for a solid four days.

In a situation I knew was a misunderstanding on someone else’s part, I couldn’t get over the fact that they still didn’t like me.

It’s an issue I need to get over, and if you have any tips, PLEASE leave me a comment or email me (daniella.realnotideal@gmail.com)



4.       Lean on the people around you. If they love you, you are NOT a burden.

This PGCE year was really difficult. I wish I had leaned on people a little more.

I had Matt and my family, but I wish I had reached out to my coursemates. They all knew what I was going through because they were going through the same thing.

I think everyone has trouble reaching out because they think they are a burden on other people. Well, you couldn’t be more incorrect.

My friends have always made time for me, and I should have recognized that way sooner.

5.       Always take the high road. You will feel better.

In high stress situation, it is so easy to start finger pointing and sinking to petty things. It’s not worth it. Everyone will just end up feeling like dirt.

Leave a mark you’re proud of. Even if things haven’t gone quite right, always leave people with an impression that shows that you are a good person.

Be proud of the way you have fought your fight. At the end of the day, they’ll forget what you’ve said, but you still need to live with the damage you’ve done.



6.       Find the thing you need at the end of a day.

I realized that the most important thing to me at the end of a day is to talk about it.

My roommate and I had this amazing arrangement where we didn’t have a conventional conversation. I would lie on her bed, and we would both talk about our days. We would never respond to what the other was saying. We would just move on with our next anecdote.

It sounds odd, but it worked so well for me. It felt so good to get out all the bad and all the good. She, and those conversations, is what kept me sane this year.

7.       I am doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.

Out of everything that has happened this year, this is what I am the proudest of.

 For me, teaching was the easy part. I knew I could always stand up in front of a classroom and be completely myself despite any personal issues.

 I think that’s a sign that I’m on the right path.


This year has seen some interesting times. Everyone has said that the PGCE year is the hardest.

I can’t help but look forward to my next year. However, I’m not going to wish this time away. This is my last summer of freedom, and I’m going to take advantage of all the time I have.


More on that later.
What have you learned this year? Have you had any of the same experiences?

-Daniella

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