Helping students find their path
What is your favorite thing about teaching at North Central?
I enjoy the small classes, and the sense of community they foster. Every student is here for different reasons. I have students from very different majors in my classes, from philosophy to accounting, and I'm able to tailor that experience to them. When I'm teaching, I'm inspired by curiosity—both mine and my students'. When you are genuinely curious about something, nothing can stand in your way. I’m a huge believer that we should each be the owner of our learning. When you can make a connection with your professor, that becomes easier to achieve. Learning tailored to each individual’s needs is something that I enjoy. Finding out what motivates each student and exploring that with them is what I enjoy about being a faculty member at North Central.
How would you describe the North Central community?
I just love how close-knit the community is at North Central. It’s different here.I am very happy to see my students and colleagues every single day. Even if I’m not teaching a class, I might run into them around campus. The campus is intentional about making connections and building relationships—it’s a special feel, almost like a family.
What real-world preparation do North Central students get in the classroom?
Internships are a great way to explore the real world while being in the “safety” of the college experience. Everybody should do at least one of them. You get a chance to see what it will be like when you are out in the world. You can learn a lot about yourself through an internship. North Central has an excellent career development center. They help with resumes, conduct mock interviews and provide a database from which you can search for job prospects. There are so many opportunities for our students on campus, it’s so exciting. Each year, North Central holds a graduate school information session discussing different graduate degrees and how they look and how they can get started on their journey. The real-world exposure we’re able to provide for students at North Central is excellent.