So, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and I really, honestly believe that this is my calling in life. Not just to get the Ph.D, but to teach at an upper education level with additional research as well. I'm just starting the process of looking at various institutions, but my general background is that of a liberal arts college, double majored in Adolescent Education and Mathematics. Furthermore, what do you guys know about various assistantships for various colleges? Do they generally let first year graduate students be teaching assistants for professors? Lastly, what specifically should I be looking for in a graduate school? I know that when you start looking at undergraduate programs, you aren't really looking for your field: it's more concern with faculty and environment than straight up reputation nationally. So how should I approach this? Any advice would be absolutely fantastic!