What have you accomplished with field experience in your major? I am an Education major, and from the very first day of classes, you have the opportunity to get inside a classroom. Most classes within the Education department have a requirement to fulfill a specific amount of observation hours that supplement the learning that is done in the college classroom. As you progress from semester to semester, you are eased into more engaging environments that lead up to Student Teaching, which is four full school days a week during a semester of your senior year. Getting exposure to a classroom right away was the perfect opportunity to know that this was the profession I wanted to be in. Each semester has been filled with great experiences that have shaped my teaching strategies and beliefs. During my Freshman year I spent a lot of time soaking in the classroom environment and observing things that the teachers and students do. As the year went on and into Sophomore year, I had the opportunity to be more involved with the lessons and even lead some myself. Between the clinical faculty and teachers on-site, they do a great job of preparing and guiding you in the classroom so that you can be as successful as possible. During my time in Field Block, I had the opportunity to spend full days in a classroom twice a week, and be an important part of the class and school community. I had the ability to teach every day I was with them, participate in school wide events, and continue learning as I went along. The teachers that I have worked with have been great mentors and are always offering insight that will enhance my interactions in the classroom. I have come a long way from my very first observation, and it is because of my great field experiences that I feel comfortable in front of a class, while continuing to learn how to be a better teacher every day.
What is there to do on campus? Although the school population may be small, there are tons of great opportunities to be involved and active on campus! No matter what you are interested in, there is something for you. Clubs and organizations are very active and always have something to attend or contribute towards. The Campus Activities Board, commonly known as CAB, organizes events including performances like comedy shows and concerts, but they have also brought other venues like laser tag, bumper cars, and an ice rink to campus! CAB is one of the many organizations that you can join and have a say in what is brought to campus. There are too many clubs to list, but being a DJ on The Buzz, writing for one of the school newspapers, putting on a performance with the slam poetry club, or being a part of the dance team are just some of your options. Going to their shows or any of the Division-1 sporting events are always fun too. If just being a spectator isn’t enough for you, you can be a part of the game day by filming for SBU-TV or working with Team Bonas during the game. Being physically active isn’t a challenge either with the state-of-the-art Richter Center, which is home to two racquetball courts, two basketball courts, a multi-purpose court, a track, and a full gym with a fitness room. You can also go for a swim in the pool or go for a walk, run, or bike ride on the Allegheny River Trail that runs along the outskirts of campus. For something more organized, there are various intramural leagues running throughout the year that always receive high student participation. Joining one of the club sports team allows you to stay competitive against other schools, without the full commitment that comes along with being a D1 athlete. The Rathskeller holds some performances, dances, and tournaments in video games, darts, pool, table tennis, and shuffle board, but is also available to use on your own. Working with organizations like a big brother program called Bona Buddies, Campus Ministries, or Bona Responds, are also great ways to volunteer your time.
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