Q: When did you know you wanted to become a teacher?
I knew since I was five years old that I was going to be a teacher, but I was also incredibly indecisive. When I got to college I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. This is what I’m going to do. But, again, I went through indecision wondering if this is what I wanted to do, but when I got out into a classroom I just knew that this is what I’m supposed to be doing, and this is where my passion is.
Q: What kind of field experiences have you had at UF?
Some of the best field experiences that I’ve had because of Findlay actually started in my freshman year. They work really hard to get you right out into the field. We were working with second graders out at Van Buren. Even though I’m not an elementary school major it was still a lot of fun. Every year since I’ve been out in a placement. My junior methods was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I actually had some doubts of, ‘do I want to be an education major’, but getting to spend every day in a classroom just completely made it worth it and made me realize that this is exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Q: What’s the best part about being an education student?
It’s fulfilling. It’s going out every day and knowing that somehow I get to be apart of someone’s life. My passion is teaching and English, and everything that goes along with that, and it’s just the idea that after I graduate I get to do this for the rest of my life.
Q: Do you have advice for students making their college decision?
Think about it. If there’s even a slight possibility that you want to be a teacher or you want to do something of that nature, explore it. Don’t’ be afraid to make a mistake. If you’re thinking about teaching Findlay is a great place because they do everything they can to get you into a classroom right away. They get you to see what teaching really is, and it’s not sitting at a desk all day every day listening to someone else talk.
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