My name is Adriana Salazar, I am 20 years old and I am a transfer student from Ecuador! I think is amazing that we can have this space for sharing opinions and experiences about what we are going through in our lives.
In this post I am going to share 10 things about me 🙂
- My home city is called Guayaquil. It is a great city, you will always find something to do and it one of the two biggest cities in Ecuador.
- I am bilingual girl. I went to a bilingual middle school and high school, so that is how I learned English. I have to admit that sometimes I struggle with some words and grammar issues.
- In my family we are 6. My parents, my two little brothers, and my dog; her name is Lu and she is a beagle.
- I want to major in Special Education and maybe minor in Speech Language Pathology. I enjoy interacting with kids and I am very interested in learning about children with special needs.
- I am part of Schoenstatt Catholic movement since I was a little girl. Being part of Shoenstatt has been a great way for me to involve God in my life.
- I love photography. I have never been in photography course, but I would really like to do one. I just take photos as a hobby. This year I decided to start an Instagram portfolio which is about my city, Guayaquil, the purpose of it is to let people know the different things you can found in the city. The account is called: life_in_guayaquil
- I did my first year of college in Ecuador and this year I transferred to Fontbonne. I am currently in my sophomore year.
- I choose Fontbonne University because I really like the Special Education program they offer here. I also like the fact that it is a small campus and I think St. Louis is a very nice city.
- I listen to different kind of music genres and I am always exploring new music. My favorite soundtrack right now is Fruta Vol. II by Caloncho. It is a mix of tropical beach music, very relaxing, and it is on spotify. If you are having a stressful situation, just listen to it.
- I would like to roadtrip South America once in my life.
I have learned several things this semester. The first and most important thing I learned is your education has to be high on your priority list. If you are struggling, seek help immediately, it is vital to your success. My course work consisted of budgeting and finance, economics and finance for non-finance managers. These courses have taught me that understanding budgeting and finance can be beneficial in work and your personal life. Both classes were difficult for me but after seeking help I passed the budgeting and finance class, determination has been the key for me. My advice to fellow students during finals is to prioritize, seek help, study and be determined to reach your goals and success.
Thank You to the My Former Teachers
I want to say thank you to every teacher who has taught me. You have influenced my life starting when I was four years old. You assisted with the transition from one grade school to the next and middle school to high school and you put in all of your energy to make sure I was ready for college. You have shaped the student I am today and you have challenged me in more ways than any other group of people in my life. By pushing me to new limits, I have been able to grow and develop. Although we may have had our disagreements and differences along the way, your teaching styles have allowed me to learn to work with people of different thought processes to accomplish the task at hand. You taught me how to do simple to complex math, write a sentence to write a paper, read a word to read a novel.
By putting the time and effort into your lesson plans, you have not only done your job, but you’ve impacted my life. From pre-school to high school, you and your fellow teachers have encouraged me to accomplish all of my tasks ahead of time and you have instilled in me the values of working hard and submitting what is my best work. As a community, you have worked with your peers to make sure you were sending me on to my next school prepared.
On an individual level, you told me what was working and what needed to be improved. You were honest when I needed to rework an assignment and genuine when my work was superb. The relationships I have developed with my former teachers are relationships that I plan on maintaining for many years. As I am currently diving into my collegiate studies, I am thankful for the teachers who have taught me simple tricks along the way, such as PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally), times tables, writing checklists, reading responses, and many more.
So in conclusion, thank you for everything you have done for me as well as my peers throughout all of your years of teaching. Know your efforts are appreciated.
Your former student
This semester has been one filled with classes, exams, experience in the field, and knowledge that I will take with me into my teaching career! I have gained so much information this semester regarding elementary education, and I am grateful for this opportunity to learn each and every day. I have learned about different methods of teaching reading and writing, the history of education, the demographics of today’s teachers and students, and even created my own philosophy of education. Out of all of the amazing things that I learn each day at Fontbonne, the thing that has I have learned to be most important is collaboration. Working with others provides a strong foundation for any project, assignment or idea. By collaborating with peers or staff, you are able to view many sides to any given situation and truly understand it better than you could have alone. Throughout our lives we will always be working with others- either adults or children- regardless of what field we are going into. Collaboration is a key component to success as it improves communication skills, leadership roles, pragmatics, and has many, many other benefits. Collaboration does not always have to be in an academic setting either. Collaboration can occur between people of different backgrounds, faith traditions, origins, and a wide range of others. By collaborating with someone different from yourself, you are able to better understand a different culture and value the importance of everybody around you. I encourage everybody to get out there and go collaborate today!