Name: Khadijah Seay
Graduation Year: 2016
Minor: Child and Family Studies
Hometown: Bratenahl, Ohio
Student Activities: Banter Blogger, Sisterhood, Teaching and Learning Institute Consultant
After being recommended by a faculty member to consult for the Teaching and Learning Institute, Khadijah Seay ’16 found a way to use her interest in education and teaching to better the classroom experience for her peers. The Teaching and Learning Institute pairs first year professors with a student consultant and helps them acclimate to this campus’s culture.
“You work with them through the semester and help them get used to teaching here,” says Khadijah. “You sit in on the classroom, observe the students, and help them with different lesson planning technics and pedagogical strategies for their classroom.”
Professors are Human: I think one of the biggest things consulting has taught me is that professors are people too; they have feelings and are really invested in teaching. They love the subjects they are teaching.
Why Psychology: When I was 13, I always wanted to be a teacher. Then my school went from being a magnet school to a regular public school. Many of the students who were excelling just fell off and I wondered what type of environmental factors played into that. That’s how I became interested in psychology. And now I’m minoring in education and child and family studies as well, which is the best of both worlds for me.
Hands On: One of my education classes last year required a Praxis placement in an urban school setting. It reminded me a lot of my elementary school and it was a little piece of home.
Praxis Experience: I learned a lot just being in a classroom. It’s different to learn about teaching technics and issues in the classroom verse actually experiencing it live. That was probably one of my favorite experiences.
Sisterhood: I visited the Sisterhood table at Fall Frolic and everyone was line dancing together and jumping rope. I just had a really great time. I went to the first meeting and I’ve been there ever since.
What does Sisterhood do: We mainly do events to make sure the freshman have a support system when they come in. It can be a culture shock for many to come into an environment as diverse or different than their home environment. We also host socials, mixers, Big Sister/Little Sister programing, and sleepovers.
Sleepovers in College: One of my favorite Sisterhood events was the first sleepover I went to. We had a sleepover in SGA house and we just danced the whole night. It was the first time that I felt like I was apart of something and it was a unifying experience.