It’s college graduation season! At KIPP, we’re celebrating our alumni. Over the next month, this blog will feature KIPP alumni from the college class of 2015, sharing their hopes, challenges, and advice for their younger peers.
KIPP WAYS Middle School Alumnus
Graduated May 8, 2015
University of Georgia
BS, Middle Grades Education
My future plans:
With my college degree in Middle Grades Education from University of Georgia, I plan to return to my middle school, KIPP WAYS Academy, as a Teach For America Corps Member to teach 6th grade English! It is my greatest aspiration to open a KIPP middle school of my own.
Why I chose my school:
I chose to go to the University of Georgia because it provides so many resources to each of its 35,000 students. Though it’s a large institution, there’s so much—whether in academics, school traditions, extracurriculars, sports, arts, and more—to become actively involved in. I wanted to be a part of a longstanding tradition of attending and graduating from the United States’ first state chartered university, and joining the Bulldawg Nation.
My advice to KIPP students entering college:
Keep the end in mind (graduation). You will experience your greatest triumphs in college, but also your greatest struggles. A challenge I had to endure in college was figuring out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I’d entered UGA as a political science major, because I wanted to initiate change. However, I graduated as an education major because I realized I could influence lives every day within a classroom.
When you encounter challenges, use these obstacles as learning measures for yourself as you persevere and continue on through and past them. Your personal successes will be just as meaningful (if not more) as any other accomplishment in which you’re honored or recognized.