Student voice is very important in our college. Listen to what our students have to say about their experiences with their professors, research, classes, and internships.

Nicholas Raso

Feeling like you are known.

Nick tells his story of feeling like his professors really knew him as an individual student.


So something really cool about the professors within the College of Education and Social Services is that they really go out of their way to get to know you. I can think of a story here, your first year here you'll end up taking these kind of big lecture hall classes, which at first kind of intimidated me and at the same time I was like, Oh, a lecture hall class, there's a lot of kids, I could just be a number, you know? Like, sneak by. And I was sitting down, and I wasn't really sitting with anyone, I got there kind of early, and I must have looked kind of sad or something, I must have been spacing out, and it was Jen, Jen came up to me, and yeah, you call your professors on a first name basis, and she was like, “Hey. Nick, how are you doing? Is everything okay?” And I was like a little taken back that she knew my name, and it was from that moment on that I kind of realized that when we submitted assignments, they actually read the assignments and actually got to know you and who you were. They notice who you were sitting with, who your friends were, and they would come up to you before class and have conversations with you, you know, what are you're interests, what do you like to do, and who are you as a person, and what's going to make you be the most effective teacher you could possibly be. And, I take other classes, you know, for example, I take an economic class, it's another really big class, I don't even know my professor's name, and I don't think she knows my name either, so in the College of Education, the professors are really, really special, and they really take that extra step to get to know you as a person.

Ly Nguyen

Being an active researcher.

Ly explains the opportunities she has had to conduct research while enrolled in the College of Education and Social Services.


I think being in field working directly with adolescents has really taught me so much about what I would like to do with my future and what population I would specifically like to work with. Direct work has been challenging but really rewarding how much you get to know about all the kids that I work with and just their whole lives, you really are a part of it. And through that I think I really want to do more direct work and work with children especially. At first I didn’t think I would like to work with children just because I would probably be too emotionally attached to the actual child or children I’d be working with but I think that would drive me more, now thinking it over it would motivate me more to help that population and work with them and solve the issues that need to be solved within that population. And I also think that that would guide me into policy work to affect more individuals at a bigger type of system in kind of like the macrosystem level.

Amanda Arena

Finding your place.

Amanda recounts her experience at the College of Education and Social Services's Admitted Student Visit Day.


I am local and actually at first I didn't really want to come here. I was a Vermont kid that wanted to get out of Vermont, and then I actually came to Admitted Student's Day, and it really changed my mind about a lot of things. I remember talking to Ellen Baker and meeting a bunch of my potential teachers, and it really made me fall in love with UVM, the campus, and honestly just Waterman in general, and all of the programs that I was going to be a part of. It gets you really excited to be here, and you already feel like you're a part of UVM before you're even here.

Benjamin Harbaugh

Real life experience.

Ben talks about his experiences with student teaching and getting real life experience while enrolled as an undergraduate student.


Student teaching right now I think is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences I've had so far in the College of Education. I think it's really one of the best placements you can have in your program to get a feel for what you're getting into. Right now I'm on campus, which is amazing, I don't have to worry about transportation, they have everything worked out for you. Being a student teacher here, you really become part of a family and that's more important than any textbook you can read, is getting that real life experience in the classroom.

Bijoux Bahati

Being an active researcher.

Bijoux explains the opportunities she has had to conduct research while enrolled in the College of Education and Social Services.


My current research project that I did over the summer focuses on the acculturation processes of refugees and young adults, in the US particularly high school. I depicted that process because I have a personal experience with the process of acculturating in a different country and as a high schooler it has a huge impact on the youth. So I did that project over the summer with the McNair Scholar Program and I have presented the research from Pennsylvania to Georgia and soon I'll be going to Oklahoma State University and in the spring I'll be going to Boston and Connecticut to present that research. Before I graduate I'll have a chance to present it here at UVM. And so, basically it's to raise an awareness of how the refugee status and the impact of the activity associated with it and the impact of young adults and their performances in school. It's been a great project and I think the focus on it is really to raise awareness and make a change in these young people's lives.

Meg Ziegler

Feeling engaged in your own learning.

Meg describes her classes and the research-based techniques used to train pre-professional educators.


All of my courses so far have been really engaging, we focus a lot on research based techniques and practices, a lot of stuff that I had never heard about or experienced in classrooms when I was in school, so it's been really exciting to learn about new ways of teaching and getting students engaged. A lot of our classes include service learning, which has been an awesome way to get involved in the community and apply what we're actually learning to the real world. We also did field work, observing in a classroom, and getting to apply our knowledge that way. So it's been really exciting to learn and also apply what I'm learning as we go along and prepare for student teaching.

Kathryn Maitland

Being an active researcher.

Kathryn explains the opportunities she has had to conduct research while enrolled in the College of Education and Social Services.


I am writing a thesis and my thesis focuses on effective text features in informational books for emergent and conventional readers, specifically focusing on Kindergarteners. So just breaking that thesis apart a little bit, text features, just to go over that, you probably use them every day. For example, it could be a table of contents, an index, a glossary, and I'm going to focus specifically on more pictorial based text features, such as labeling and captions and picture glossaries, which is a glossary but you can use pictures to explain the word as well. I'm actually in a class right now through CESS where I'm writing a proposal for my thesis, and then in a year, my Junior Spring, I will start doing research. My research is going to be under a professor in the Elementary Education Department, and she is conducting a bigger research study at a local school in Burlington at a public school, and she's working with a teacher there, a kindergarten teacher, so I will be, will have a little part of the research project and that's what I'll be focusing on.

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