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As a child I wanted to be an architect.Then a tug boat captain.Then I joined the navy to be an electronic technician.What I wanted was to be an adventurer, but there was no degree program for that, and it wasn’t in the high school counselor’s notebook of occupations.
From a young age my parents encouraged me write letters to my grandparents, godparents, and anyone who gave me gifts for Christmas or my birthday.So at the age of six I most willingly wrote my first letter to my godparents.When my godmother passed away in 2009 I was sent a cedar box containing all of the letters I had sent to them, including this first one.I so enjoyed the experience of writing about my exciting life that it became a regular ritual.
By the end of my six years in the navy I still didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew that I didn’t want to be an electronic technician anymore.I was a spy in the navy and part of my duties included spying on Greenpeace, which inadvertently turned me into an environmentalist. So I went to college with the idea of becoming an environmental engineer.It was in my first biology class that I realized that I was a teacher.I found myself teaching other students in my study groups and it was these peers who first pointed out to me that I should become a teacher.I had always been a teacher; when I was a boy scout, as the educational petty officer in boot camp, and when I was in charge of education in my unit when I was in the navy.Others had always known I was a teacher and put me in those positions.
When I was 15 years old I started to journal.I am an early riser and would wake up at a friend’s house with nothing to do as they slept till noon.No internet yet and only four channels of daytime programming on the television – so I started journaling.Now I have many boxes and 37 years of descriptions of my daily life.In 1986 Dear Abbey ran a program called “America Remembers” when I was overseas in the navy.It encouraged people from all over the country to write to service members.Nobody in my unit was interested in writing letters and I was well trained in letter writing, so I wrote to them all; old folks in California retirement communities, 3<sup>rd</sup> grade classes in Ohio, high school students in Denver – 64 in all.
Now I have been a teacher for 25 years.I have been an adventurer my whole life.I still have 22 of those pen pals that I write to.I have written hundreds of letters to the editor and Op ed. pieces.I wrote for my college newspaper as a columnist.At some point a few years ago I realized I was a writer.Late in coming and like my teaching career it was noticed first by others who then encouraged me.Now I have six book projects and a lot of essays, and poems.I love to write.I have decided that is how I wish to teach for the rest of my life.I want to write about my many adventures and those I still have in front of me.Many of these adventures include historical re-enactment through which I will teach about history; a history that I interact with and have familial connection to.I can teach people about nature and science through my many outdoor adventures.
I have struggled with the process of writing, the mechanics and having peer editors for my work.I feel that through interaction with other peoples writing and ideas that the MFA program can facilitate I can better develop my writing at the same time I am helping others do the same.
I have always wanted to be part of a writing community.I feel like I have a lot to offer the program.I excel in discussion groups where I can help my peers.I have gained a lot of worldly experience in my 52 years and feel a sense of duty in using my experience in helping others.Not through advice or telling them what to do, but letting the teacher in me ask the kind of questions that inspire original thought.The MFA program will help me with the structure, work-shopping, contacts and opportunities, and the academic coursework to help me realize my goal of becoming a published author. I am dedicated to learning and academics and I look forward to finishing a number of full length manuscripts.
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As a child I wanted to be an architect.Then a tug boat captain.Then I joined the navy to be an electronic technician.What I wanted was to be an adventurer, but there was no degree program for that, and it wasn’t in the high school counselor’s notebook of occupations.
From a young age my parents encouraged me write letters to my grandparents, godparents, and anyone who gave me gifts for Christmas or my birthday.So at the age of six I most willingly wrote my first letter to my godparents.When my godmother passed away in 2009 I was sent a cedar box containing all of the letters I had sent to them, including this first one.I so enjoyed the experience of writing about my exciting life that it became a regular ritual.
By the end of my six years in the navy I still didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew that I didn’t want to be an electronic technician anymore.I was a spy in the navy and part of my duties included spying on Greenpeace, which inadvertently turned me into an environmentalist. So I went to college with the idea of becoming an environmental engineer.It was in my first biology class that I realized that I was a teacher.I found myself teaching other students in my study groups and it was these peers who first pointed out to me that I should become a teacher.I had always been a teacher; when I was a boy scout, as the educational petty officer in boot camp, and when I was in charge of education in my unit when I was in the navy.Others had always known I was a teacher and put me in those positions.
When I was 15 years old I started to journal.I am an early riser and would wake up at a friend’s house with nothing to do as they slept till noon.No internet yet and only four channels of daytime programming on the television – so I started journaling.Now I have many boxes and 37 years of descriptions of my daily life.In 1986 Dear Abbey ran a program called “America Remembers” when I was overseas in the navy.It encouraged people from all over the country to write to service members.Nobody in my unit was interested in writing letters and I was well trained in letter writing, so I wrote to them all; old folks in California retirement communities, 3<sup>rd</sup> grade classes in Ohio, high school students in Denver – 64 in all.
Now I have been a teacher for 25 years.I have been an adventurer my whole life.I still have 22 of those pen pals that I write to.I have written hundreds of letters to the editor and Op ed. pieces.I wrote for my college newspaper as a columnist.At some point a few years ago I realized I was a writer.Late in coming and like my teaching career it was noticed first by others who then encouraged me.Now I have six book projects and a lot of essays, and poems.I love to write.I have decided that is how I wish to teach for the rest of my life.I want to write about my many adventures and those I still have in front of me.Many of these adventures include historical re-enactment through which I will teach about history; a history that I interact with and have familial connection to.I can teach people about nature and science through my many outdoor adventures.
I have struggled with the process of writing, the mechanics and having peer editors for my work.I feel that through interaction with other peoples writing and ideas that the MFA program can facilitate I can better develop my writing at the same time I am helping others do the same.
I have always wanted to be part of a writing community.I feel like I have a lot to offer the program.I excel in discussion groups where I can help my peers.I have gained a lot of worldly experience in my 52 years and feel a sense of duty in using my experience in helping others.Not through advice or telling them what to do, but letting the teacher in me ask the kind of questions that inspire original thought.The MFA program will help me with the structure, work-shopping, contacts and opportunities, and the academic coursework to help me realize my goal of becoming a published author. I am dedicated to learning and academics and I look forward to finishing a number of full length manuscripts.

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