The last of the three Teachers College students who volunteered to make a short video to share with students considering Ball State Teachers College is Alyson Robinson.
Alyson Robinson (She/Her)
Dual Elementary Education and Special Education with an extension on the Special Ed major to be K-12.
Expected graduation date:
What made you want to become an educator/teacher?
I have always enjoyed working with children of all abilities. While working at a summer camp my senior year of high school I discovered that I enjoy teaching children especially. I enjoy watching them understand something better and be able to share their new knowledge with others. I feel that teaching and guiding the next generation is one of the most important jobs someone could have, and I’m blessed to be able to have the opportunity to pursue my passion.
What made you choose Ball State?
The extensive teaching program. I compared Ball State to a couple other colleges and the practical experience provided at Ball State blew away the competition. I felt that I would be more prepared to teach in a classroom after going to Ball State than if I attended a different college. The distance from home also gave me the opportunity to grow in maturity and make new connections outside of my hometown community.
What is your favorite part of your experience at Ball State so far?
The friendships I’ve made during my time here. I’ve made so many good friends within my majors and some outside of Teachers College that I can say will continue after graduation.
Do you have any plans for what you would like to do after you graduate?
I plan to stick around in Indiana and start teaching near my hometown. I’d love to get a job at my elementary school, preferably in a general education classroom. I’m also getting married after graduation, so we plan to live near our families and stay near the Albion area for a few years at least.
Are you involved with any campus organizations?
I am a member of a teaching honors society called Kappa Delta Pi, a peer mentor with Future Educators Peer Mentoring program, and a member of the Cardinal Teacher Corps.
Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy writing, camping, reading, and thrift shopping. Outside of those, I love spending time with my fiancé, family, friends, and our dog, Rosie.
Fun fact about yourself:
I come from a family of entrepreneurs! My mom co-founded a marketing consulting business, my older brother just started a landscaping company, my dad runs two different businesses, and I have an eBay and a Poshmark store to sell the exciting things I find while thrifting.
Is there anything else you would like to add? Any fun projects you are working on? Favorite class/professor? Etc.
Some advice I’d love to pass on to future college students: don’t be afraid to take classes with “difficult” professors. There’s always going to be one or two that you’ll be told to avoid, but don’t fret if you are stuck with them. See it as an opportunity to learn what not to do when teaching or leading a classroom. Every moment, good or bad, can be a teachable moment.