Education Success Stories

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    Ms. Katherine Dacanay - Class of 2012

    Major: History and Mathematics/Secondary Education

    For years, I had dreamed of visiting England. I wanted to see all the places and things that I had learned in my history classes. The two weeks I spent in England being immersed in what I was studying was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. It really took the "chore" feeling out of doing research. Receiving the Intrepid Grant was a-dream-come true because I was able to further my research AND have an awesome, life-changing experience in another country that I otherwise would have never been able to have without the grant. It's also an experience that will look great on resumes and grad school applications. Saint Francis is a flexible school that has not narrowed my education, as many schools do, but has expanded upon my interests to help me toward achieving my goals.

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    Ms. Elizabeth Wheeler - Class of 2013

    Major: Middle Childhood Education with English concentration

    Minor: Fine Arts

    During my college search, there came a moment when I just knew that Saint Francis University was where I was supposed to be, where I wanted and needed to be. Not for a second of the past four years have I regretted that decision. Here at Saint Francis, I have literally had the opportunity to reach higher and go far—farther than my wildest dreams. Through the study abroad programs here on campus, I have had the opportunity to spend two months in Italy and four in France. My time abroad has opened doors to new languages and cultures, new opportunities at home and abroad, and friendships that stretch beyond boundary lines. At Saint Francis, I have been able to simultaneously pursue my three passions—art, English, and education. I’ve had opportunities to exhibit my art and to intern in the education department at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh—opportunities that I will continue to pursue after graduation. Through on-campus programs, I’ve worked with children of all ages and ability levels. I’ve been able to grow and explore under the tutelage of caring, knowledgeable professors whose enthusiasm has both fueled my love of learning and awakened passions I didn’t know I had.

    To me, the beauty of Saint Francis University is that this place isn’t just about academics, or activities, or even achievements. It’s about people. It’s about a body of students who care for each other, the staff who support us, and the professors who inspire us. It’s about an active faith and a commitment to service as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. It’s about a community built on a shared purpose, a family who comes together to learn from each other, to grow with each other, then to reach out to change the world. I am truly blessed to be a part of that community, to carry on the spirit of Saint Francis wherever life may take me.

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    Ms. Rebecca Hauser

    My experience in education at Saint Francis University helped me to become the teacher I am today. For me, the most beneficial part of my experience was the opportunity to observe and teach in the classroom beginning my sophomore year. As a sophomore I was terrified of teaching a lesson to high school students who were only a few years younger than me, however this opportunity taught me to try new things and face my fears as an educator. This experience helped me gain a sense of what educational strengths I had as well as my weaknesses. It allowed me to spend the next two years focusing on my weaknesses, turning them into strengths.

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