TEACHER COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

By Frank T.

Ms. Rose (Teacher assistant for Ms Huginnie) 

  1. Where did you go to college and why did you select that college? “I went to Marin Kaplan University. They had a really good dance program and I wanted to get a marketing position in dance and field.”
  2.  What was your experience in college like, did you enjoy college why or why not? “I really loved it. I had some nice friends, nice teachers. I lived on the east coast so the west coast was completely new to me and that’s what made it fun.”
  3. What challenges did you face adjusting to life in college? “It was difficult because I was working full time with a son and commuting made it tough. So I guess you can say I had trouble managing my time in college.”
  4. How was high school academics different for you than college? “High school is more like a prison because you don’t have so much independence. But college you have a lot of independence and you learn how to be responsible, and how to be an adult. I also was by myself so I had to figure out financially how to make it work.”
  5. How do you think you grew/changed through your college experience? “I showed myself that you can complete something that’s very difficult at times. But all the times I wanted to quit I didn’t and I made sure to push through it. That’s something I look back at and am proud of.”
  6. What is your best college memory? “It was dancing with other students outside of school during breaks because I really enjoyed dancing and to be able to have a great time with people who felt the same was really interesting and fun.”

Ms Huginnie (Math, English, Art and Social Studies Teacher) 

  1.  Where did you go to college and why did you select that college? “I went to Harvard University and I selected it because I certainly grew up thinking that’s the best college in the nation.”
  2.  What was your experience in college like, did you enjoy college why or why not? “It was mixed. I never found a place to have a connection to the larger university. I had good friends in college and I would say they were equally alienated. Harvard has a very good education for the most part, it’s very much run by the elites in our society and I was glad to be a part of that. Their belief was to disown your past and to step into their culture. That was one thing that I didn’t like about the school. I didn’t want to disown my past and to forget about life before college.”
  3. What challenges did you face adjusting to life in college? “Oh god, it was definitely roommates. Because the first year you were just thrown in with random people and I liked one out of three that I was assigned with. It was kind of nerve wracking because roommates were a big issue. I used to get into a lot of arguments so I guess the hardest part for me to adjust to was just getting along with people who I didn’t like. 
  4. How was high school academics different for you than college? “College is much tougher than high school. College is all homework, versus in high school where you can get away with a couple missed assignments and still pass the class. That does not work in college. In college you have to push through tough strides and make sure to be ahead in the game rather than behind.”
  5. How do you think you grew/changed through your college experience? I found a family who supported me in some emotional ways that my real family couldn’t support me with. That emotional support really helped me get through college and to just have people by my side helped me a lot.” 

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