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Elementary Education Student Profile

Name: Talia Gurstel
Anticipated Graduation Year:
2017


How and why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because I have always loved working with children in an educational setting. I chose elementary education specifically because it has three very diverse practicums that really help you see different types of educational teaching settings one could be placed in as a general education teacher.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

I have learned a lot about myself and patience while in my major. My favorite classes I have taken would have to be the introduction block of classes in the major and the diversity courses.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

I have learned a lot about myself and patience while in my major. My favorite classes I have taken would have to be the introduction block of classes in the major and the diversity courses.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

Because this major is so career specific I would make sure early on that this is the major you would like to pursue.

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