- Elementary and Special Education (Teaching All Learners)
- Graduation year:
- Avon, IN
- Traveling, going to concerts, hanging out with friends and family, playing board games/card games, making crafts
Q&A with Megan
How has INSPIRE or the School of Education helped you grow as a future teacher?
INSPIRE has given me so many amazing experiences and opportunities to grow as a future teacher. I got to service learn my first semester of college, learn from and talk to so many amazing educators, and learn from other future educators that I live with as well. Through all of these opportunities, I have been able to understand so many different perspectives, gain so many helpful tips for my future classroom, and have so much fun while learning all of these new things.
What has been your favorite experience as a member of the INSPIRE so far?
My favorite experience as a member of INSPIRE has definitely been going on the INSPIRE trip to Puerto Rico over the summer. This trip helped me experience new cultures and learn from so many different educators in Puerto Rico. We visited different schools everyday (all of which had specific focuses that they incorporated throughout their school and curriculum), talked many students and educators, and traveled to so many amazing landmarks and beautiful places. We also learned about the political climate, how the privatization of schools is taking over, but also how the teachers and students overcome hardships. We even got to teach our own lesson to a group of middle schoolers while we were there. All in all, this trip was truly inspiring and left me with so many amazing experiences that I will definitely draw from and take into my future classroom.
INSPIRE helped me to find an amazing community and so many amazing friends, while also providing me with experiences and opportunities that have helped me grow immensely as a future educator.
What influenced your decision to become a Peer Leader?
I was influenced to become a Peer Leader because I really loved and appreciated having Peer Leaders on the floor to go to for any questions and guidance when I was a freshman. I felt that having Peer Leaders on the floor helped my transition to college, and I wanted to help ease the transition for others coming onto the floor. Along with easing the transition to college, I also want to help make sure that everyone coming on the floor has an amazing and memorable year. I also truly love INSPIRE and the amazing community that we have, so I wanted to help make sure that the community continues.
What are some of the responsibilities you have as a Peer Leader?
As a Peer Leader we are responsible for setting up and having two Fireside chats on the floor with educators of our choice, inviting the freshmen to 2 cultural excursions throughout the year, and hosting welcome week activities. More importantly though, we are responsible for promoting an accepting and caring community on the floor and being someone that the freshmen can come to for advice, any personal/school questions, or just to talk.
Do you have any advice for anyone who might be thinking about applying to INSPIRE?
I would definitely urge anyone interested in the education field or interested in INSPIRE to apply. I would say, without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions I made my freshman year. INSPIRE helped me to find an amazing community and so many amazing friends, while also providing me with experiences and opportunities that have helped me grow immensely as a future educator.