How has INSPIRE and/or the School of Education helped you grow as a future teacher?

I believe that INSPIRE has helped me grow as a future teacher by providing so many opportunities to educate me on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom and what that looks like. From being a part of this LLC, I’ve formed so many connections and relationships with my cohorts within the INSPIRE community and even some of the School of Ed administrators. The School of Education has helped me grow as a future educator by providing me with multiple courses that I can start working with grade school students which has helped me already get valuable experience in my field. In my view, both the INSPIRE LLC and School of Ed are equipping their students with everything they need so that they’re ready when it’s time to be in a classroom to teach.

What has been your favorite experience as a member of the INSPIRE LLC so far?

My favorite experience by far as a member of the INSPIRE LLC is when a big group from our floor went to the Holi Festival on campus together last year. The celebration was something fresh as I got to open my eyes up to a different way that a culture around me celebrates something they’re passionate about. I am so happy that I got to check it out and learn more about this Hindu festival of colors!

What influenced your decision to become a Peer Mentor?

More than anything what influenced my decision to be a peer mentor was that the community of INSPIRE has helped me feel so welcomed and loved since I got to IU so I want to give that back to the future members of INSPIRE in any way I can. I’m also excited to put myself out there to step up into a leadership role for this living learning center by working together as a team with my INSPIRE cohorts from last year that are now mentors. My goal for this year involves actively connecting with and being a source of support for the new members of INSPIRE, so they can have a fantastic experience in our LLC!

This community of peers with similar interests in education can help make this huge campus at IU feel a lot smaller than it actually is. We’d love for you to join this INSPIRE LLC and we’ll welcome you with open arms and answer any questions you may have along the way.