What brought you to BGSU?
Several factors impacted my decision to come here. Two of my sisters attended BGSU (one was in ACTION) and both had good experiences. Of course, being accepted into ACTION was another influence. Additionally, I was familiar with H2O Church at BGSU and wanted to get involved to grow in my faith and take advantage of their many leadership opportunities.
Speaking of leadership, you are also working two jobs. Tell us about those.
I am a tutor at the Math in ACTION Tutoring Hub on campus that offers free tutoring for students taking
any high school math course. Students can come into the Hub for tutoring, or we can work with them remotely if they can't come to campus. I am grateful for the teaching experience and enjoy being able to help these young students. I love it when I am able to explain something in a new way to help them understand a concept they struggled with in their class. I also work as a campus tour guide for BGSU. This is one of my favorite jobs I've ever had because it's great to give people a first hand look at BGSU and to leave a positive impression on visitors. It is an honor to be in this role since BGSU is like my second home.
How do you balance all of your responsibilities?
I keep a very strict schedule and keep my calendar on my phone with alerts so I don't forget things. I like to stay busy as it helps me to focus and be productive. Sometimes, one of my concerns is when I will eat, so I even plan out when I will have my meals.
What prompted you to pursue a career as a math teacher?
I have always loved math and initially considered a career as an engineer. I enjoyed roller coasters and the math behind them was intriguing so I thought mechanical engineering might be a good fit. However, one of my math teachers, Mrs. Wanamaker, was so awesome that she inspired me to pursue teaching. I also began helping my friends with math and realized I was able to make it understandable for people.
Give an overview of your practicum experience last year.
My practicum was at Pinnacle Plastic Products, which makes plastic molds for many companies; in fact, one of their big clients is Fischer-Price. It was neat to see how toddler tables and other toys are made. My practicum involved helping to streamline the entire production process from purchase order to shipment. I used numbers and graphs to illustrate recommendations and was excited to help the company save thousands of dollars! I also gained valuable insight that will benefit my teaching.
What has been one of your favorite parts of being in the ACTION program?
Cohort 6 is like a family and we love being together. We help each other and have supported each other ever since we met nearly three years ago at Summer Bridge. I can't imagine going through college without this group of people!
Do you have a favorite place to eat in BG?
I love Lola's Frozen Yogurt! Even though I sometimes think I will try something new, I always get the cookies and cream flavor with cookie dough chunks, caramel and chocolate topping.