On the Tenth Anniversary of the College of Education: Claire Bernatz

This year, the College of Education is celebrating its 10th anniversary since becoming a college! In commemoration, our undergraduate students were invited to participate in an essay contest with the following prompt:

Given our rich history, (1) Why do you think it is important that we are designated as a College (for instance, within the University and to our community partners) and (2) Why is our being a College important to you professionally and/or personally?

Read on for our next entry!

scienceBy Claire Bernatz

One of the things that brought me to Marquette was its mantra, “Be the Difference.” With this in mind, I know I chose a university that would do everything it can to make sure I can make a positive impact onto this world. As a freshman, I started out as a Biomedical Science major in the doctoral program in physical therapy (DPT). I chose DPT because I wanted to help the younger generations find and get back to a passion they discover.

Reflecting, that doesn’t sound like someone who should be in the medical field, but it does sound like someone who should be a teacher. With the College of Education being its own college, I was able to get one-on-one advice and guidance on my future and what it would look like if I made the switch into education. The attention and care the College of Education offered me is priceless. Because of the college’s influence, making the switch to education was a no-brainer.

The college’s attention to detail in their community through service learning and student teaching only confirmed that I was in the right field of study. I have the ability to still follow my passion for biology with a double major in secondary education and broad field science. The ability to double major gives me the confidence to go into any classroom and be able to teach the necessary instruction needed. Being a woman in broad field science, I feel even more confident in my ability to be diverse and to inspire those from all backgrounds to find their love in discovery.  The development of my professional life is priceless, and I am proud to say I will be a graduate from the College of Education. The skills given to me are life lessons that will continue to impact me for the rest of my life. I am extremely grateful for my time at Marquette University and the constant love and support the College of Education shows me. With the college being its own college, I know I will graduate with the tools needed to “Be the Difference.”

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