Morelia Garcia is an elementary education major from Rochelle, IL
Hometown: Rochelle, IL
Year: Anticipated graduation: 2021
Major: Elementary Education
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a nurse who would watch newborns, but I changed my mind after seeing blood. When I was in high school, I took electives related to child care and being a pre-K teacher. That is when I realized I wanted to be a teacher, and now I'm pursuing that career.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
I am majoring in elementary education with an emphasis on ESL/bilingual education. I decided to take this path when I realized I wanted to help children with their education and help them succeed in life.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
How have you connected with other students virtually to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
I connected with my classmates through Zoom this past year.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
My favorite professor was Ricela Feliciano-Semidei. She taught MATH 402 (Methods of Elementary Math). She wanted her students to be successful and was always available if we needed help. She was caring and friendly to everyone.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
My favorite spot was the lounge area in Graham Hall. There were always spots available to sit to study or hang out with friends.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Follow your gut. Take some time for yourself to relax and refocus.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
When coming to college, I learned that I had to manage my time differently and become more organized.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
To relax, I work on crafts and coloring.