College is different for everyone. Each person likes different teachers and classes. Not every college has the same majors or clubs that you can join. A survey was recently sent out to teachers at New Haven High School, to hear their thoughts on their past college experiences.
One teacher that answered was Jaime Hoener, who teaches a few of the different math classes offered at New Haven High. Mrs. Hoener went to Southwest Missouri State University, which is now called MSU, for her undergraduate studies. She then went to Mizzou for graduate school.
When asked what degrees Mrs. Hoener got, she answered, “Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and Master of Education in education, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching.”
Mrs. Hoener's favorite teacher while in college was Dr. Kubicek. She said that he made his lessons easy to understand.
Mrs. Hausmann, who teaches English, went to Missouri S&T and got a Bachelor's degree in English.
Mrs. Hausmann’s favorite class was Astronomy. When asked why this was her favorite class, she answered, “It was a huge class held in an auditorium with a very eccentric professor. It truly broadened my horizons.”
Her favorite teacher was Dr. Eric Bryan, who encouraged his students to value communication skills. According to Mrs. Hausmann, Dr. Bryan held class off campus at a restaurant or library.
Mr. John Tucker, who teaches social studies classes, attended Denison University and had a double major in Latin and Classical Civilization.
His favorite class was acting. When asked why, he answered, “We had to take a public speaking course and I don't like speech but acting fulfilled the credit and I was pretty good at it.”
Mr. Tucker's favorite teacher was Dr. Timothy Hoffmeister. According to Mr. Tucker, he taught classes in Greek, Latin, and ancient history.
Mrs. Koch, the foreign language and band teacher at NHHS, went to Mizzou and got a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
Her favorite class was History of American Music. “My professor was so smart and made class interesting and fun!”
Her favorite teacher was Dr. Julia Gaines, who was the percussion instructor. She admired Dr. Gaines’s demeanor, talent, and knowledge.
The last question that was asked to all the teachers was, do you think college is important for today's society and why?
Mrs. Hoener believes that society needs people to enter the workforce after high school and attend a trade school. She also believes that, if a student wants to further their education, then they should.
Mrs. Hausmann believes that hard work, goal-planning, and a thirst for knowledge is important. A person is able to get this knowledge by joining the workforce or by going to college.
Mr. Tucker believes that college can provide a good learning experience and that it can open up career paths for many people. He also believes that it isn't the only way to develop a career.
Mrs. Koch believes that college is important for those living in today’s society. This is because we live in a world that keeps evolving. According to Mrs. Koch, “in order to be successful, one should always strive to further their education to keep up with the advances in today’s society.”
Many believe that college is an important part of today’s society. Most jobs require a college degree. Not everybody can afford college, however, and this is why schools provide scholarships as well as financial aid.
College can be a great way to make new friends while you are furthering your education. A way to do this is to join a sorority or a fraternity. Another way is to join a club. According to Mr. Tucker, “What happened in college stays in college.”