How did you choose your major? Initially I chose elementary education as my major, because I enjoyed working with children, whether it was teaching skating or interning in a kindergarten classroom. However, as I began to take education classes in college I really became interested in how interdisciplinary the field is across so many other majors. I also became fascinated with adolescent development and how middle schools must cater to the needs of young adolescents, which is why I extended my major into middle school education as well.
What is your relationship like with your ZF Coach? I know that if I ever needed any guidance in regards to my academic career, I could go to Mr. Rapp and he would be willing to answer any questions I may have. Even before entering college he was extremely helpful in preparing me for the transition. I know that even now, when I reach out to him, he will always be willing to help me.
What impact has ZF had on your academic and professional career thus far? The Zenie Foundation has had a huge impact on my academic career by providing me with a community of support and people who are willing to give guidance. When I was still trying to decide on my major freshman year, I reached out to my coach, Ken Rapp, to ask him if I could get in touch with some ZF students whom I know were majoring in areas that I was interested in. Mr. Rapp, as well as the students who communicated with me, welcomed my questions with open arms. I most likely would not have been able to find a network of people to answer my questions about other areas of study if it were not for ZF. I also know that in a similar way, I will be able to speak with members of the ZF community in regards to my future professional aspirations.
Tell us something you are excited about! Spring semester of 2022 I am planning on studying abroad in Spain. I am very excited to be able to immerse myself in another culture and have the opportunity to observe and teach in a school in a different country.