It was December of 2013 and I had just withdrawn from Alfred University. I decided I didn’t want to continue my education degree there, so I took a semester off to find a new college. I looked at many colleges in the area so that I could live at home and commute to make my college education more affordable. Of all of the colleges and universities I researched, there was one that stood out from all of the rest. That was Niagara University.
NU clearly had the best program and was the only school that took all of my credits from Alfred. It was perfect. I knew that I would get the education that I wanted at NU. So, after I toured the campus and met with Cheryl Wilson, assistant dean in the College of Education, I applied. I waited with bated breath to hear if I was going to be accepted because, even though I am smart and have good grades, there is still that possibility that you are going to hear, “I regret to inform you that you have not been accepted.”
I finally got a call saying, “You’ve been accepted. Your letter is in the mail and there is a new student reception in two days for transfer students - and we would love if you could come.” I was so ecstatic! I made it! I went to the new student orientation and dragged along my sister who had become my buddy during trips to NU. I had a great day - I registered for classes and was all set to become an NU student.
I started in fall of 2014 and found out just how rigorous the program was! At the same time, I became a work study student in the Dean of Education’s Office. I was at times lost and thought that I wasn’t going to make it. However, it is now my third semester at NU. I have made it this far and after this one, I only have two more semesters to go!
I have had a wonderful experience here and the only thing I regret is not coming here right out of high school. I have made great friends in my classes, I love my work study job, I have passed my first two teacher certification exams, I've conducted over 100 hours of observation in real classrooms, and most importantly, I am getting the education and preparation I need to become a great teacher!
The classes, while tough at times, have pushed me to become smarter, more well prepared and a better teacher candidate. The professors have pushed me to stretch myself as far as I can go (and then some) and I am all the better for it. The thing that I love the most is that even when I sometimes doubt myself, I know that I am going to become a great teacher and I am going to succeed. I can attribute this confidence to NU’s amazing education program and my education professors who have helped me to change and develop in ways that I never knew I could.
I love NU and I will be so sad to leave when I graduate, but at least I have a little more time before that happens. I would like to say thank you to the whole education department for supporting education students in becoming the best that they can be!