Hometown: Quinnesec, MI
College: Mount Mary University
Major: Elementary Education
Why did you choose to attend Mount Mary University?
I chose Mount Mary because of the size. I spent my whole life in an extremely small town and wanted something similar for my college experience. I thought that Mount Mary was the best of both worlds: in a city and had a small town feel on campus. Because of this atmosphere, I have been able to thrive there.
How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Financial aid has played a huge role in my college experience. I am a first-generation college student, and am the only one paying for college. This, of course, is a struggle, but because of financial aid, my college journey is possible.
What will a college degree mean to you?
A college degree means that I am the first one in my immediate family to receive a college degree. This means providing my sisters with a strong role model. My college career as an elementary school teacher will mean I will be educating the next generation of leaders.
Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
I learned a lot about myself as a person outside academics. I have spent two of my three years of college as a resident assistant. Through this selfless position, I have been challenged to constantly evaluate myself and how I come across to others. By doing this, I have been able to stretch myself as an individual and push my boundaries.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to first gain experience as a classroom teacher. After teaching for 2-3 years, I will be going back to school to obtain my master’s in education and a specialization in reading.