Name: Caroline Lewis
Grad Year: 2022
Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland
Major/Minor: Early Childhood Education/Studio Art
Where are you going for GO:
I plan on going to Chester, England for a 3-4 week program with the Education Department where I will conduct an externship in Chester's school system. I am excited to apply what I know about teaching while building cross cultural relationships in and out of the elementary school.
What clubs/organizations are you involved in on campus?
I am a dual-sport athlete on the women's soccer and swim team. I am involved in a service club on campus named Enactus where I am the project manager of the Seals Den project that works with the local high school special education students. I also teach swim lessons on campus, in addition to being a Student Ambassador on the Leadership team as the Athletic Coordinator.
Why did you choose Susquehanna University?
I chose Susquehanna because I had the opportunity to play both the sports I love at a competitive level while receiving a high quality education to be a teacher. I love how SU's Education Department has students observing in the classroom as soon as the first seven weeks of their first year, and hours of classroom observation build up from there on. Finally, I had the best on-campus experience, from my tour to meeting with professors and coaches and especially my overnight which made me feel connected to SU before I was even a full-time student at Susquehanna.
Describe your experiences with research/internships:
I conduct hours of observation and service learning towards my Education and Childhood Psychology classes. I observe in the nearby public schools (15 minute walk) or at the Preschool located directly on campus where SU faculty and staff bring their kids. Along with observations, I will conduct an externship of 40 hours in my home school district, which will be in addition to the externship I will complete in Chester, England. These hands-on experiences are preparing me for my student teaching and are making my readings and class discussions practical as I apply them to the real world.
What is your favorite class and why?
My favorite class so far is Arts in Education. It is a course split into two different sections of seven weeks each, one being music focus and the other being visual arts. I loved the music class as I was able to be part of the class discussions and learn dozens of lessons/activities that support arts integration into the general education classroom. I would consider myself an artsy person, and early childhood has so much creativity and imaginative qualities, hence why I was excited to learn about lessons I could apply to my future classroom. I look forward to the second section of this course and how I can gain more knowledge on interdisciplinary learning.
What is your favorite tradition?
My favorite SU tradition is Thanksgiving Dinner. I love seeing all of my friends, coaches and professors together in Evert Dining hall to give thanks and share a meal together. It's like a giant friendsgiving! The dining hall is completely fancied up for the occasion and this tradition is something I look forward to each November.
What does being a Student Ambassador mean to you?
The Student Ambassador team is an SU family that I am thankful to be a part of and being a Student Ambassador means that I get to share my love for SU directly with prospective students like YOU, which is my absolute favorite part of the job! :) I appreciate and love all your questions and hope to see you on campus in the future.