How did Wesleyan prepare you for college?
Aside from the excellent curriculum, the faculty and administration at Wesleyan invested in me both academically and personally. My interactions with teachers in the classroom and in tutorials taught me how to seek out help and develop relationships with my professors in college. Having those relationships with professors was very beneficial, as I moved from Wesleyan's small classes to Auburn's large lecture halls. Most importantly, I built a firm foundation in my faith while at Wesleyan, which helped me navigate through the challenges of the college years.
How did Wesleyan prepare you for your profession?
Wesleyan established my passion for service and encouraged me to pursue opportunities that helped me apply my love for teaching and service to my career. After graduation, I spent a year working for a local non-profit and then spent a year living in the Marshall Islands and teaching English to 3rd through 8th grade students through World Teach Organization. I now help coordinate mission trips at The Lovett School and am able to share my experiences with other young people who are interested in service learning. Serving as a peer leader and athletic team captain at Wesleyan helped me to develop my leadership and management skills that have been essential for being the Director of the After School Activities Program at Lovett. Wesleyan emphasized nurturing the body, mind and spirit, which are principles that I use every day in working directly with 130 children from kindergarten through 5th grade.
Was a challenging academic Wesleyan education worth it? Why or why not? Was the struggle worth it?
Absolutely! While at Wesleyan, I became more disciplined and focused as I learned to balance the rigorous academic work with my extra-curricular activities and time with friends and family. The opportunities available outside of the classroom were incredibly beneficial, as I was encouraged to accept new challenges, which in turn, was essential for discovering who I was and insight as to who I wanted to become. Wesleyan helped me develop confidence in myself and instilled a strong desire to serve in and beyond the Atlanta community.
Why are you a better leader because of Wesleyan?
Throughout my time at Wesleyan, I was highly influenced by Mr. Young, an incredible administration and faculty who provided an impressive model of what it is to be a leader and how to lead with integrity and compassion. Whether I'm working with one of Lovett's elementary children in the afternoon, investing in high school students through Young Life or planning mission trips for families, I feel comfortable serving as a leader and feel like Wesleyan equipped me with the skills necessary to be in a leadership position.