Hometown: Mt. Prospect, Ill.
Prof. McIlwain Helped Amy Decide on a Major
Amy knew that she wanted to teach at the high school level. However, she had no idea what subject she wanted to teach. She happened to enroll in Calc 1 with Prof. McIlwain. Amy said Prof. McIlwain's passion for her field was contagious, and after discussion with Prof. McIlwain, Amy decided to major in Math Education and never second-guessed her decision. Amy feels grateful for her "passion, the personal caring, and the friendship that has developed--and the Calc parties at Prof. McIlwain's home!"
Lots of Faculty Attention
Amy felt that SJC's small size allows for a lot of faculty attention. She called the entire Education Department "a great team." She was comfortable seeking advice from any of them. She felt the "real-life projects" they encourage are meaningful.
More Diversity in Friendships at SJC
Amy believes that because SJC is a small school, her friends were more diverse than they would have been at a large school. Why? "At a large school, there would be the temptation to hang out with people just like me, just because they are there. Whereas at SJC, I was so comfortable saying 'Hi' to everyone I passed on campus, and perhaps I would make a new friend."
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