Class Year:
Junior (Honors Program)

Major:
TESOL K-12 and French 7-12

Hobbies:
Writing novels and poetry, reading, playing piano, playing guitar, singing, watching movies, running in the Gorge, hanging out with friends.

Extracurricular Activities:
NUFTA, EAGLE Leadership, Chapel Choir, Honors Program, Varsity Village CA

Sophomoric Serendipity

October 30, 2013 by Sarah Hanson

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Hi, everyone!

It's been so great to be back on Monteagle Ridge. This is my second year at NU, and many changes have occurred already.  

Courses

This semester, I'm taking six courses. My current favorite is Women in French Literature, which is an honors section course. I'm so grateful to be a part of the honors program, because one of my favorite benefits is a smaller class size. There are currently only seven women in my class. It's interesting to take an English translation French class, because even those who do not take French are able to learn and understand French culture.  

Extracurriculars

  • NUFTA: Niagara University Future Teachers of America is a club that meets once a month. There is a $20 due to be a member, but it's an invaluable opportunity to add to our resumes. We get to cover a different topic every month. In October, we were able to have a teacher talk about teaching abroad in Europe.  
  • EAGLE Leadership: This is still the club that I am most glad I joined. Professor Alegre has us focus on goals we want to accomplish toward personal leadership development. At the beginning of every year, students divide into two teams to compete in friendly rivalry. At the end of the school year, we celebrate our progress and determine which team accomplished more community service and teamwork activities.  
  • Chapel Choir: At Alumni Chapel, every student has equal opportunity to join in singing with the choir. Everyone is super nice and fun to work with! We sing at Mass every Sunday, and sometimes during special events.  
  • I am also a CA, or community assistant, this year. We consider NU's campus a community where we want everyone to feel welcome. It's the Res Life and CAs' duty to make every student feel as happy as possible living within their housing assignment. I have the wonderful living arrangements in Varsity Village this year, as well as a staff that pretty much feels like my hilarious family here on campus.  

Other Opportunities

This fall, I was able to work as an NUB teacher's assistant for the education department. NUB is a class that all freshmen are required to take. TA-ing gave me the opportunity to not only have an experience teaching peers, but share my expertise to help freshmen adjust to new expectations on campus.  

My Learn and Serve placement (an opportunity to observe within a local classroom for education majors) this year is within a self-contained special education classroom. I enjoy having the experience of learning different teaching methods in a content area unknown to me, as well as in a different grade level than I would normally think of teaching.  

So, there's a little insight into what I've been up to my sophomore year! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or message me at shanson@mail.niagara.edu.

Type to you soon! :)