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Catherine Janda

Catherine Janda
"The greatest thing about being a part of this program was the family that was formed - I wasn't just in a school - I was in a place that consisted of numerous people who truly cared about my progress and success."

- Catherine Janda, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, 2011


Why did you choose education as a degree?

Deciding to major in Elementary Education was a choice that I was probably destined to make. What was unexpected, however, was the amazing support I received from my professors and advisors, the opportunities to become a compassionate leader that pushed me to unforeseen personal heights, and the knowledge that made me the confident graduate that I am today.

I enjoyed all moments of my Barry career – from being involved in multiple activities around campus, to struggling to finish projects and papers on time, to developing tightly-knit relationships with peers and professors. The greatest thing about being a part of this program was the family that was formed – I wasn't just in a school – I was in a place that consisted of numerous people who truly cared about my progress and success.

What are you doing with your education degree?

Receiving so many wonderful gifts through my educational career, and rapidly gaining an understanding of how much the world needed help, I decided to give back and join the Peace Corps as a Teacher Trainer in West Africa. I work and live with the people in villages of the Gambia to strengthen their education system and curriculum. As I bring ideas of how to make their curriculum more student-centered, I've adapt to their customs, language and way of life. I can honestly say that I feel a steadiness in doing this because of the education and service opportunities I received as an undergraduate student at Barry University.

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