Being a Turner Ambassador/ VP of Education Committee
I became a Turner Ambassador for my sophomore year of being in the Turner Scholarship. I was also the Co-Vice President of the Education Committee, where I had responsibilities such as creating study tables for Turner scholars, providing information about tutoring, and helping to plan Turner events. I really enjoyed working with older Turner scholars through Turner Ambassadors and am looking forward to being a Turner Ambassador again next school year.
The 2013-2014 school year was the first time I volunteered as a Bearcat Buddy. I loved being a Buddy so much because every student I worked with seemed really excited that we were at their school and I was to get some more experience working with children. I helped tutor a second grader in reading and writing for my first semester; for my second semester, I tutored a third grader in reading and mathematics. Working with the students really made me realize how much I want to teach and help other children learn. Unfortunately, I will be unable to work with Bearcat Buddies next school year due to student teaching and class schedules that occupy the whole school day, but I would highly recommend Bearcat Buddies to any UC student.
Ohio Student Education Policy Institute
Through my second honors experience, a class called Save Our Schools, I met Dr. Sarah Stitzlein, who recommended me for the Ohio Student Education Policy Institute (OSEPI). OSEPI brings teams from different colleges in Ohio (in our case, student groups from the University of Akron and The Ohio State University in addition to our team) to propose education policies that connect with higher education to the Ohio Senate Education Committee. My team worked on zero tolerance policies and how there could be better ways to react to students' misbehavior (proposal attached below). My friend and fellow member of OSEPI, Caitlin Clark, presented testimony and the propsal to the Committee, while I answered any of the senators' questions after Caitlin's testimony. I found I was confident in answering the senators' questions and was fully prepared due to my and my group's research for the few months leading up to our presentation.
Ireland and Northern Ireland
In Spring semester, I took a class called Children's Media, that involved a trip to Ireland in June. The class taught me many things about how children's media in the U.S. differs from children's media around the world. Upon going to Northern Ireland, we met with a studio that produces children's television shows for Northern Ireland and that has the shows broadcasting in numerous different countries. In Ireland, we met with the studio that is Ireland's public broadcasting channel, similar to PBS for the U.S. Meeting with the people so involved with children's media was interesting because I was able to see how different countries view children and what they qualify as important for children to learn through media directly aimed at them. We also got to do some sight-seeing while in both countries and the trip made me yearn to do a semester abroad in Ireland.