Hi everyone! My name is Harrison Craffey, but I prefer to go by my nickname, Mac. I currently live in Cleveland, where I was born, after moving from place to place for the majority of my life. The longest time I’ve ever lived in one place was in Buffalo, NY for seven years, but I’ve always held Cleveland close to my heart as my hometown.
Moving forward in my education career I would love to end up teaching high school students (hopefully juniors and seniors) English literature, as well as creative writing. I want to teach these things because of how much of my free time I spend enjoying those topics on my own. Whenever I have any down time I always find myself picking up either a pen or book to get to work on my studies outside of the classroom.
For most of my life I was a high level hockey player. That changed when I was seventeen, my senior year of high school, when I dislocated my shoulder for the eighth time and cracked my head open through my helmet. Since then, I’ve put much more focus on my studies, as well as my musical endeavors. Last year I was in a band called sticky with my now roommate, which released two songs within a year of forming. Unfortunately, due to multiple complications throughout the course of 2020, we decided that it would be in the best interest for all of us to part ways. Luckily for me, though, my roommate wanted to start doing more acoustic singer/songwriter projects with me. With things still looking unsure as to when music venues will open up in order for us to play in front of people, we’ve decided to spend most of our time writing new material and getting more comfortable with our existing material. We do play for people occasionally, but only for our friends and families. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always a blast, but there’s something about playing an actual show at a venue like the Grog Shop or Mahall’s that really excites me. He and I are hoping to have our own music recorded and released at some point within the next year, so until then we’re going to continue working on our project and better learning to balance our music life with our work lives!
Something that has mattered the most to me throughout my life would be the importance of staying true to the things that you believe in. For me, that would mean staying close with family, staying close with friends, and trying to make lasting relationships with different people that I meet throughout my life. Someone that I feel has taught me a lot about staying true to what you believe in, and I know that it may sound a little bit weird, is Charles Bukowski. Bukowski is a poet that rose to fame while still kicking around the United States. He’s often considered to be an honorary member of the Beat Generation, although he never actually hung out with them, because he was so bent on writing the way that he writes, and expressing the things he wanted to express. The reason that I look up to him as a writer, outside of the fact that he’s one of the best German-American poets to ever publish, is his tenacity and unwillingness to give up on his dream. All he ever really wanted to be was a poet–to the point where, upon failing, he decided to take a ten year break living on a park bench in New York City. My favorite collection of his poetry is titled You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense. Reading that collection will give anyone a look into the tenacity that he writes with, and the meaning that he wants his poetry to take on. He represented the lower-class of Americans that struggled to get by on a day-to-day basis, and he wanted to let the world know that he wasn’t going to back down when it came to getting his point across that something needs to change about the lifestyle that so many people are forced into.
I decided to register for the Fatima Family Center service in order to virtually help younger students with their homework. I’m very excited for this, but, I’m sure like the rest of us, I wish we were able to help out in person.
When it comes to the comfort level that I need in the classroom in order to take intellectual and creative risks, I really don’t need much. I live my life like an open book, and while social anxiety can get the best of me occasionally, I normally just want to put myself out there in order to further my learning, and even maybe help someone else feel more comfortable sharing. With that said, I do like an atmosphere that is open and caring, while still not allowing for anything too far in left-field. I love to be able to have a good time while learning, and I think that the only way to do that is to have a good mix of responsibility, accountability, a want to learn, and some sort of driving factor. All-in-all, I feel as though it may take a class or two to gain my comfortability, but once I do, I’m usually pretty good at rolling that through for the rest of the semester.
Right now, my biggest concern when it comes to the field of education is how much it seems like technology is being integrated into the classroom. I’m bright enough to sometimes be able to figure out how technology works, but I would rather not use it unless I absolutely have to. Honestly, figuring out how to make this site is pretty tough on me, and as I write this I’m struggling to figure out how to upload a photo onto my blog page. I’m also a little bit concerned with being able to connect to future students at a high school level because of how quickly the world around us is changing. For all I know, in a couple of years the things that I did while in high school will be totally out of date. But hey, that happens for every generation, right?
I’m hoping to have a good, fun semester while learning more about the field of education and pursuing my career as an educator. So far I really like the class, and with each passing day I’m getting more and more used to using the website. I’m still working on figuring everything out, but I have faith that this isn’t going to be as hard as I initially thought it would be. Here’s to having a great semester!