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

INSPIRE has helped me network with other future educators who feel as passionate as I do about the field of education. It has also made me feel like I am part of a close-knit community on campus. The School of Education has incredible faculty/staff that support student success. Resources like Career Connections and the countless workshop opportunities are great ways to develop your teacher identity before graduation.

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

My favorite experiences have been our cultural excursions. The excursions are great ways to branch out of your comfort zone and view different perspectives through a teaching context. Some excursions that stood out for me were at La Casa Latino Cultural Center, the Islamic Center of Bloomington, and IU traditional Powwow.

What influenced your decision to become a Peer Mentor?

I decided to become a Peer Mentor so I could help the incoming members of INSPIRE feel like they have a support system on campus. If I can enhance new students’ experiences by sharing my own, then I am more than happy to help!

My experience has helped me to grow as a person in many ways. I cannot say enough how fundamental INSPIRE has been to my IU experience. Joining INSPIRE is a great choice to make!