Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Elementary Teacher Certification, '12
My experience in Asia opened my eyes to the world of education as I coordinated different aspects of the children's program for the trip. After that trip, my life became even busier as I was preparing to apply for school again, finishing my prerequisite classes for this program, subbing in elementary schools, and serving as a nanny for five beautiful children all at once.
Being part of the School of Education community has been an experience that I will never forget. From the faculty and staff to the colleagues in my ELMAC cohort, I am enjoying the things that I am learning and the support everyone is providing. The program is demanding and while I may at times feel overstretched, seeing children's faces light up when they solve a math equation or understand the meaning behind a poem makes everything worth it!
My knowledge of Michigan's funding came from my previous financial package for my undergraduate career at the University of Michigan. As an out-of-state student, I applied for and received a scholarship for all four years of my undergraduate program. Therefore, when I applied to the University of Michigan for my graduate program, I researched scholarships for my master's program. However, shortly after admission, I was awarded a scholarship without having to apply for it.
This funding was important because it not only reduced the amount of loans that I would have to apply for, but it confirmed my calling to become the teacher that I am today. The dedication and passion I sowed during my time as an undergrad helped me to move forward in obtaining a graduate education at the University of Michigan.
Also, the quality of education I received during my undergraduate career strengthened my desire to stay at my alma mater for my graduate degree. I am grateful to the faculty and staff at Michigan who helped me become the very teacher I strove to become just a few years back. Now that I am living my dream, I cannot wait to see others (especially students) reach their dreams.
Kim is an elementary teacher in Queens, N.Y.
Kim’s program of study:
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)