"I always wanted to teach when I was younger, but I thought I could try something else when I came to college. But when junior year came, I decided to take a few education classes to see where it would take me and I haven't turned back."

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Why Bucknell?

"Honestly, I'd never heard of Bucknell before my junior year of high school and then they made it into March Madness for basketball. I'm a big basketball fan and I wanted to check out Bucknell more.  I was pretty set on going to a large school up until that point, but I went to Bucknell's Accepted Students Day and did an overnight and it just clicked for me. I ended up loving it." 

My majors

"I came in undeclared, thinking that I would go more into the science realm. But the sciences weren't right for me. I tried neuroscience. I took some biology and chemistry classes and I even tried computer programming. I did a lot of experimenting and luckily I had enough time where I could do that. I knew I wanted to do psychology, so I kept up with those classes throughout my first two years.

"I always wanted to teach when I was younger, but I thought I could try something else when I came to college. But when junior year came, I decided to take a few education classes to see where it would take me and I haven't turned back.

"Elementary education is my passion. I help out at the local elementary school with the fourth- and fifth-graders and they are just a fun bunch. It's so interesting to go back to an elementary school perspective and see how kids think about their parents, their teachers, their friends. I'm looking to teach in an inner-city environment — maybe the New York City and Baltimore schools."

My activities

"I'm heavily involved in my sorority — Chi Omega. Right now, I'm vice president and scholarship chair. Last year, I was a new member educator, helping to integrate the new pledges into what we do and Greek life.

"I'm also involved in Habitat for Humanity and was the fundraising co-chair last year where we helped to raise money for our next house we, hopefully, will be building in the next year or two. One of the things we do is Trick or Treat for Change where we go door to door to tell the community about our fundraiser and hopefully raise additional money for our next house. Last semester, I helped to organize the Rubber Duck Derby during the Lewisburg Arts Festival and that raised more than $2,000. I helped to build a house in New Columbia (Pa.) and also went on one of the spring break trips down to Georgetown, S.C. We helped with a few houses down there.

"I've been doing research in the psychology department with Professor Ruth Tincoff. We are looking at infant motor development and verb comprehension to see if they are related or not. The children are 5 months to 24 months, and I spent the summer with them in the undergraduate research program. That definitely was a great experience. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the research methods, how to recruit people to be participants, how to set up stimuli. We made movies and I was in charge of cutting and pasting the video together. That was a lot of work. Overall, I have learned that the steps involved in research are very important. I have to be extremely careful when making the stimuli so that we get accurate data in the long run."

Posted Jan. 6, 2011

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