A few years ago, my wife and I were visiting some friends when one of them decided to show us their new PlayStation VR headset. We tried out various experiences like skydiving in Dubai, riding a rollercoaster, and so forth. It was fun, but I left wondering whether there was much use for the technology beyond a few ‘fun’ excursions. A few days later I had the idea for recording classrooms so that future teachers could “visit” a classroom like I visited various places wearing the VR headset.
One afternoon as I was grocery shopping with my mom when I got a call from an unknown number. Seeing the location was in Kent, I had a feeling I should answer. The voice on the other end was explaining to me how I had been chosen to do this program called Bridges. Everything he was explaining seemed unrealistic, and quite frankly, too good to be true.
Ever since I was in 3rd grade, I always dreamed of being a teacher. I can recall sitting in front of Mrs. Livingston’s class at Katherine Thomas Elementary School in Windham, Ohio. Not only was I paying attention to the lesson she was teaching, I was also taking note of her teaching techniques and classroom management style. I loved the way she would engage us in her lessons and how she directed us with a firm hand with her zero-tolerance policy.
During my undergrad classes in the Speech Pathology and Audiology program, I realized that I wanted to work with the elderly population, but more on the business side. After graduating in May of 2020 with my Bachelor's in Speech Pathology and Audiology, I came across the Nursing Home Administration graduate certificate program and this is when I realized that this is what I wanted to do. One day I would like to be an administrator for a long-term care facility.
More than ever, student financial assistance plays an important role in student success. We are very fortunate in the College of Education, Health and Human Services to have committed donors who value and support that success. Many of our donors are alumni who understand the difference higher education can make to a person and the community in which they live and work. This past year has seen an outpouring of goodwill that has assisted so many, and provided for future support as well.