Secondary Mathematics Education
Where are you now?
Starkville High School
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Mobile, Alabama surrounding myself with everything I loved. I have a tight-knit relationship with my family, especially my little sister. The arts have always fascinated me: paintings, music, dance, photography. I danced for 15 years at Debbie's School of Dance, in high school, and was on Mississippi State's Pom Squad. I was part of a yearbook staff for seven years, leading up to being the editor of my senior yearbook. School had always been one of the loves of my life too. Despite the stressful moments, I always wanted to go and learn something new.
Being part of the International Baccalaureate program in high school, I was surrounded by a small motivated group of classmates and understanding teachers who treated us as equals. I had always been someone who found joy with understanding new topics and reaching my goals. I shared this passion by working with children in any environment: assisting at the dance studio, volunteering at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, talking to children as a Mobile Azalea Trail Maid, doing outreach at local elementary schools with the robotics team, or volunteering at church during Vacation Bible School. Being able to share what I learned or helping others walk through the steps to discovering something new on their own was the most rewarding experiences of my life. I planned to continue this as a mathematics teacher. Math was always my favorite subject. Past information is constantly being built upon, making everything relevant. No subject had challenged me nor fascinated me more. I hope that being a teacher will allow me to give students the same passion for learning, in any subject, that I have found.
What made you choose Mississippi State University?
I chose Mississippi State, because it felt like home. The campus was not overwhelming nor was it too small. I appreciated the architecture of the buildings, the traditions of the university, and the pursuit of excellence in all of the academic areas.
What was your favorite moment of your first semester at MSU?
My favorite memory at Mississippi State was supporting the Bulldogs from the sidelines at football games as a Pom Squad member. It was such a rush watching the Bulldogs play from the field and lead the students and fans in cheering them on.
What activities or organizations were you a part of?
I was involved with the Mississippi State Pom Squad, which is a collegiate dance team, and the Reveille, which is the student yearbook staff.