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Maura Smith, Student Ambassador

Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Area of Certification and Year:
Secondary Social Studies (Minors: Geography, Political Science); Senior

Why did you choose to attend UTA?

I chose UTA because I love the diversity and the many opportunities for students to get involved. They also offer great financial aid and many programs, and I love being close to my family.

What is your favorite thing about the College of Education at UTA?  

My favorite thing about the College of Education is the professors because they are passionate, caring, and they work hard to make sure we are prepared for our teaching career.

Who is your favorite professor? Why?

My favorite professor is Dr. Milson because he is passionate about teaching geography and he makes his classes interesting.

What activities do you participate in outside of class?

In addition to being a Student Ambassador for the College of Education, I am also currently a member of Kappa Delta Pi and a Peer Educator at the UTA I.D.E.A.S. Center.

What are your plans after you graduate?

After I graduate from UTA, I hope to teach history, geography, or government at a high school in the DFW area. After I get some experience teaching, I would like to go back to school and get my masters.

What is the one thing you think a prospective Education student needs to know? 

Prospective Education students need to know how to manage their time because it can be difficult to balance school, family and friend obligations, and other priorities. Perseverance, getting involved on campus, and staying focused on achieving your goals are also important.