Since Spring Semester of my freshman year of college, I have been involved in an RSO on campus called Student Michigan Education Association. SMEA is a registered student organization for future educators to gain professional development opportunities, networking, and acquire valuable resources before going into the education field.
One of my favorite parts of being part of SMEA is the weekly speakers. At each meeting, we invite a different speaker, usually a CMU faculty member or someone in the education field, to speak about a specific topic revolving around teaching. These speakers often discuss topics that are not talked about in depth in our courses here at school and have helped greatly expand my knowledge about the world of education.
Additionally, this organization has allowed me to network with other future educators who have become close friends and has allowed me to give back to the community through events such as Relay for Life and our Outreach to Teach Community Service Project.
I’m very grateful to be part of an organization that helps me grow both professionally and personally.