Gabriela Botzman '17
Major: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Dallas, Pennsylvania
Member of Alpha Chi Omega, H.O.L.A., GAMMA and Dowling Mentor Program, Kappa Delta Pi
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
I have wanted to attend Mount Union since I was around four years old, when my father was a faculty member. I remember going to classes and football games with him, always knowing that I wanted to be a Purple Raider too. Then when I applied to and visited colleges, Mount Union felt the most like home.
My favorite place at Mount Union would have to be the lakes and the Alpha Chi Omega house. The lakes are breathtaking, especially on snowy days in the winter, and the Alpha Chi house has truly become my home away from home.
Mount Union is so student-centered. There are always activities, events, helpful resources, lectures and workshops to attend. Faculty members have an invested interest in the students and honestly want them to succeed. They understand that we all have busy schedules and will work around them with us.
Preparation for Life
After graduation, I fully believe that I will be prepared for adult life. Mount Union treats us like adults with responsibilities.
Early Childhood Education Major
I chose early childhood education as my major because I want to make a difference in the lives of children. I love being around kids and getting to see the light bulb go on in their head when they learn something new.
I love doing the observation hours and tutoring for my education classes. Being in the classroom so much gives me real life examples of what I learn during lectures. Getting to see the kids’ smiling faces just reaffirms that I am pursuing the right career for me.
I Love my Classes
My favorite classes are my Spanish classes and education classes. Spanish is a hobby of mine that I hope to incorporate into my career one day. And all of the education classes build off the others, but give new perspectives and information to keep students learning and interested.
My favorite professors are Dr. Jennifer Martin and Dr. Deb Lotsof. Dr. Martin teaches Multicultural Education which has changed the way I view the world completely. She taught me about education, as well as how to be a good person. Dr. Lotsof teaches a theatre class that I took for my arts requirement. Although I do not generally possess a passion for theatre, I did during her class. She made it entertaining as well as interesting. She is also one of the most genuine and kind-hearted people I know. I am confident that I could approach these women with anything and they would support me and guide me. They are the epitome of what great teachers should be.
My ultimate career goal is to be an elementary school teacher in a bilingual classroom. I want to teach all subjects in both English and Spanish so that the kids in my classroom have an appreciation for other languages and cultures and are prepared for the world they will grow up in.
Mount Union is so student-centered. There are always activities, events, helpful resources, lectures and workshops to attend. Faculty members have an invested interest in the students and honestly want them to succeed.