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Amanda


Early Childhood/Elementary Education Major with an Early Childhood Special Education Minor


New Lennox, Illinois


Junior

Why did you choose UNI?

After my first visit I just knew UNI would be my home for the next four years.

What's the best thing about UNI?

“It is just right.” I love being able to walk around campus and say hello to classmates yet I am still meeting new people every day.

What surprised you most about UNI?

I was surprised about how fast I became connected and how easy it was to get involved on campus.

What kind of on-campus organizations/activities are you involved in? How does that involvement enrich your overall college experience?

I am currently the Student Leadership Center president, a Student Admissions Ambassador and the vice president of Colleges Against Cancer. Being involved in these organizations has improved my time management skills and also makes me feel connected to campus

How has your academic experience been? Tell us about any great classes or professors that inspired or challenged you. Are you happy with your major choice?

The majority of students will change their major a few times while at UNI; I on the other hand have not. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. After meeting the professors at UNI and hearing about their accomplishments and stories of their classrooms, I am inspired even more to be a teacher. Each one of my education professors has required fieldwork and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity to be in an actual classroom. I am thankful that when I graduate from UNI, I will already have experience within a classroom and will be confident to lead my own classroom right after graduation!

What do you like best about your major?

The most rewarding part of being an education major is the number of hours I have completed in the field and watching students’ “light bulbs go off”.

What's your favorite place on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus is the Campanile. I love that it represents UNI and can be seen from any point on campus. To me, the Campanile represents hope.

What advice would you give high school students getting ready for college?

Explore, explore and explore! College is the time to break out of your comfort zone and talk to people you usually wouldn’t, or try an activity that you have always dreamed about. You don’t want to graduate and wish you had done something!

Years from now, what will you remember most about UNI?

Homecoming week activities, such as Pride Cry, will be stories I tell, even years from now!

Has the Financial Aid office helped you with your college education? If so, in what ways?

The Financial Aid Office has answered all of my questions regarding scholarships and other various questions regarding FASFA.

What do you plan to do with your UNI education?

After I graduate from UNI I hope to be teaching first or second grade in the Chicago Public School District.