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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Over the next few months, the College of Education will be featuring a number of our student ambassadors. The purpose of the program in which these students participate is to represent the College of Education at UTA and at community recruiting events. Student ambassadors communicate basic knowledge about the college and the university, but more importantly, they share the unique collegiate experiences with potential students.
Today, we’re featuring Kayley Carsey, a Middle Level (4-8) Senior from Colleyville.
Kayley would seem to be destined to attend UTA. It wasn’t until she told her parents she had been admitted to the university that she learned both of them had attended UTA at some point in their lives. Growing up in Colleyville with her parents and her two brothers, Kayley was familiar with The University of Texas at Arlington. She chose UTA in part because it was local (she attended Tarrant County College previously), and also because of the university’s excellent reputation for teacher preparation.
Kayley’s favorite aspect of the Mid-Level program is the fact that students are put into a classroom during the first semester of their junior year, returning to their placement school their senior year.
“This really helps prepare you for absolutely everything going into your first year of teaching once you graduate, she says. “All of this makes you feel confident in your field and aware of all the things other alternative certificate programs don't prepare you for.”
In addition to serving as a Student Ambassador, Kayley has been President of Kappa Delta Pi and Vice President of the Collegiate Middle Level Association. “I enjoy participating in all of these activities because I felt that I didn’t get the full university experience because I didn’t go straight to a four year university,” she said. “I want to get the most out of the experience while I finish my degree here at UTA.”
When speaking to prospective College of Education students, Kayley has advice that goes beyond academics. “Keep whatever brought you to your decision of becoming a teacher close to your heart and fresh in your mind at all times,” she says. “The journey through college is not the easiest but the most rewarding self-accomplishment. Remembering what you are doing all of this for and why you put in so much effort is the best form of self-motivation one could have throughout their college career.”