Why did you choose to attend EIU?
I chose to attend EIU mainly because of its education program. EIU is arguably the best school for teachers, and I wanted to get the best experience and knowledge possible. I believed, and still believe, that it is the best option for me as a future elementary school teacher as far as field experience and preparation.
Please describe how receiving this scholarship has affected you and/or what it has enabled you to do.
This scholarship has helped to decrease the financial burdens on both my family and I. I have a twin sister, so my family is trying to pay for two college educations at one time, so any financial assistance that I can get is greatly appreciated. This scholarship will help me to take out less in loans, and it will generally decrease the cost of my schooling.
What student organizations are you involved in?
I am the president of the EIU Spanish Club, secretary of the Student Association for the Education of Young Children (SAEYC), and I will soon be inducted as the historian of Kappa Delta Pi. Also, I am a member of Education Scholars, the Student Standards Board, and Amigos and Friends.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I hope to become an elementary school teacher; specifically I would like to teach children who are in the first, second, or third grads. Also, I would like to teach in a bilingual school, teaching students in both English and Spanish.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I hope to make a positive difference in the world through my teaching. I want to be able to shape children's minds and to teach them academic subjects as well as just general life concepts (i.e. goal making). I hope to impact my students' lives, and I hope they leave my classroom feeling prepared for the following grade as well as years after that.
What is your most memorable EIU experience or memory?
My most memorable EIU experience would probably be my field experience as an education major. I am able to learn so much even in just a week, and I think having that type of experience in a classroom so early on in my teaching career is a great advantage.
What message would you like to send to alumni, friends, and donors who financially support EIU?
I would like to say thank you to anyone who financially supports EIU because they are the reason that I, and so many other students, are able to attend school without having to constantly worry about the financial burdens of paying for school. Thank you for your support, and thank you for believing in the students here at EIU.