How/why did you choose your major? I was previously a biology major, but after having experiences in a kindergarten classroom, I realized that education was the right path for me. I have always had a passion for helping young kids, and this grew even more as I learned more about teaching through my experiences in a classroom. I have also found the health field to be very interesting and thought that a minor in communication sciences and disorders could be useful in working with young students.
Why did you apply to ZF? What drew you to this organization? I heard about ZF through my high school guidance counselor and was drawn to the foundation after learning more about the strong sense of community and mentorship involved.
What is your relationship with your ZF coach like? Karen has been a great mentor for me throughout this process. Besides helping figure out the financial side of college, she shared helpful advice for transitioning into school, as well as setting myself up for success in the future. She has opened my eyes to new perspectives and is always willing to answer any questions I may have.
What hobbies/extracurriculars do you have? I love playing tennis! I started a few years ago on my high school team and will definitely keep playing for fun when in college. My favorite part about tennis is the fast pace of the game and working together with my teammate in doubles. I also enjoy drawing and painting. My love for art grew during high school when I took three different art classes that helped me discover how much I liked to create.
Tell us about some of your career aspirations! I plan on becoming an early elementary school teacher. I am looking forward to having my own classroom one day where I can make a positive impact on students. I hope to bring my knowledge of communication sciences and disorders into my classroom as well, to help students who may need extra support in that area.