I got to thinking and realized that I write about all of the awesome social events that Walsh has going on all of the time, but I have never really talked about the academic side of Walsh. This is a shame because Walsh has some really great, strong academic programs that should never be forgotten about. So first, I apologize, and second, I wanted to write a little bit about my academic experiences here at Walsh in my past four years.
Did you know, Walsh offers 60 different undergraduate majors? In case you didn’t know, I am double majoring in Adolescent Young Adult Math Education and Mathematics. Basically, I am studying to be a high school math teacher, and I’ll be able to teacher anywhere from seventh to twelfth grade. (Gross! Wow! Are you crazy? – Are some of the typical responses I get when I tell people! haha) About to be starting my last semester here, I have loved everything about it!
Walsh is a liberal arts school, so on top of taking my regular education and math classes, I have also had the opportunity to take different courses such as theology, music, history, philosophy, sociology, and economics. The way I planned out my four years, I typically had one or two courses outside my major every semester. I wanted it to work out that way because I liked to have a nice break from my math and education courses all of the time. My outside classes were a nice change of pace. I mean as much as I love math, when I sit through three different math classes in one day, I’m about ready for something new.
The second theology course that I took at Walsh has probably been one of my favorites; it was called Catholic Beliefs in Practice, but about only half the students were even Catholic. The course studied why Catholics believe what they do and what are some different ways to practice the Catholic faith. However, the best part about this class was that we then compared the Catholic religion to some other religions as well. One day we even took a trip to the Protestant church nearby to talk with the pastor; we had the opportunity to learn about their faith and ask any questions that we may have had. Personally, I felt the course was very beneficial for my spiritual life because I was able to use some of the different forms of prayer that we learned about and discussed, and some of them I still use today!
So I really enjoyed taking a wide variety of different classes, but don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed my math and education classes the most! One of the best things about Walsh’s education program, I feel, is that every education course you take requires some amount of observation or teaching hours in the classroom. That means that since my very first semester here I have been in the classroom gaining experience either observing students, tutoring, or teaching lessons. As I am finishing up my pre-student teaching semester this fall, I could not feel more prepared for my student teaching in the spring! I have had so many hours of experience at so many different schools and grade levels, that I really feel like I am prepared to be a teacher and take over my own classroom. For my student teaching, I have been place at Wadsworth High School. I will be teaching 3 Honors Pre-Calculus classes, 2 AP Calculus classes, and co-teaching 1 AP Statistics class. Talk about a lot of math! But even with all of that, I don’t think I could be any more excited than I am!
Stay strong in your studies, Cavs, and keep moving forward!