My favorite thing about BYU is the location of the school! I remember waking up my freshman year and being able to look out my window and see the sun rising over the mountains, I thought it was so amazing and beautiful. It was such a change to go from the flatness of Texas to these beautiful mountains jutting up all around. Even 5 years later, I am still in awe of the landscape of BYU.
What was the best learning experience you had?
The best learning experience I had was in my sophomore year in a US History pt. 2 course taught by Cameron McCoy. In that class, I was able to fully understand the importance of understanding both sides of history. This is a skill that I find so necessary now that I am teaching history in the classroom and because of that, I am grateful for getting that full understanding.
What/Who are you grateful for as you reflect on your college experience?
As I reflect on my college experience, I am so grateful for the friends I have made over the years. Friends I made in freshman year have remained close contacts throughout the years, and friends met in recent years have been a huge support system in finishing my college experience.
The past few months I have been student teaching in Spanish Fork. I was really worried before beginning the semester because it is hard to have a job during student teaching and I was stressed about money, but BYU made opportunities available for me to get grants to help support my time that I was jobless. It was a huge relief and helped make my time student teaching a lot less stressful than it could have been.
What's next for you?
Up next for me is becoming a licensed teacher upon graduation and then moving into the academic world as a secondary teacher. I am so excited to begin this part of my journey and hopefully help students gain their own full understanding of the importance of history in both the past and the present as well as their own lives. Having had a brief glimpse of how this process can go in the future from my student teaching experience, I am looking forward to my future as an educator!