December 06, 2021
Why did you choose KU?
A couple reasons why I chose KU was because of their excellent education program. It's not too far from home, but not too close either. I play basketball here so having my family easily come to games was a big thing for me. When I came on my visit, I remember saying "this is gonna be the one to beat." The campus was so nicely laid out and pretty. It just felt like a tight-knit community.
What clubs and organizations are you involved with on campus?
As mentioned before, I am on the Women's Basketball team. I was also apart of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).
What made you choose Education as your major?
I wanted to become a teacher to be able to make a positive difference in the future generation. I've always loved working with kids. With both my sister and mom being teachers, you could say it kind of runs in the family. I see them loving what they do every day, and that makes me even more excited to become a teacher. It's such a rewarding profession, and I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
How has Kutztown prepared you for this career track?
Kutztown has a great education program with amazing professors. They get you prepared to go into the classroom. KU teams up with great school districts to put their future educators in. I am student teaching right now and can honestly say that it is such an amazing experience.
What is your favorite thing about attending Kutztown?
There's always something going on, whether it be on campus or off. You always have something to do. I get to make memories all the time. Every year I meet new people, make new friends, and do new things.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
Prioritize balance. Finding a balance between school, work, and your social life can be a struggle. Creating a schedule that works for you is so important.
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