Bachelor of Arts
North Ridgeville, OH
As a student at BW, I was involved in an array of activities, which included Mid-Night Madness, Teaching Together, several honor societies, Dance Marathon, and many programs in the Office of Community Outreach such as Saturday of Service, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Alternative Spring Break. I also worked as a resident assistant for two years. I absolutely loved being involved with so many different organizations and experiencing new things every day.
I truly believe that the skills and experience I gained during my time at BW, both in and out of the classroom, prepared me for my current career as middle school language arts teacher in my hometown. I was given so many great opportunities to observe and practice in diverse classrooms that I felt very comfortable when I finally had my own.
Questions and answers
What is your favorite thing about BW?
I think the best part about BW is the people. Not only were my fellow students some of the greatest people I had ever met, but the faculty and staff were also amazing. I felt supported in every aspect of my life and still keep in contact with many of those people. The small school atmosphere helped me feel at home very quickly. It was easy to get involved because everyone is so friendly and welcoming.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Get involved as soon as possible and don't be afraid to try something new. You will grow so much as a person because of these outside experiences and because of the people you will meet. Enjoy your time in college. You will miss it forever! Awww Jackets!
How did BW help you prepare for life after college?
As I mentioned earlier, my involvement in campus organizations really helped me develop valuable skills which I use every day as a teacher. However, I felt extremely prepared to begin my career because of the course work and field experiences too. It wasn't always easy, but because I was challenged and pushed, I was much more prepared than many people in the first year of teaching.
What would you have changed about your undergraduate experience?
I wish I would have participated in some sort of study abroad program, even just a short one during the summer. I was more concerned with finishing on time and working during the summer that the opportunity just slipped by.