Razor's Edge Shark Teach Scholar
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Hollywood, FL
"Aspects I like the most about being a part of Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholars Program is the inclusivity of the diversity within the program. Being a woman of color in this program, I find myself able to have ample space to be heard and seen. Not only do I feel valued as a person, but there is also room for ample opportunities to grow personally and professionally within the program through peer educator roles and activities we do at our retreats and conclaves. In this program, it truly feels like a welcoming family."
What would you have liked to know about Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholars Program when you were first applying and interviewing for it?
Something I would have liked to know about Razors’ Edge Shark Teach Scholars Program when I was first applying and interviewing for is the duties and typical student schedule with our requirements. I would have been better prepared to know what type of schedule I would be having as a part of the program since being a Razors’ Edge student is not like a typical college student.
What tips do you have for students interviewing?
Some tips I have for students interviewing is to be authentic and honest. Being yourself and honest with your answers means much more than trying to tailor your answers to the interviewer. The interviewers want to get to know you beyond what is on paper, they are already aware of your statistics and accomplishments but what is more important is how you are as a person.
What type of student would succeed in this program?
The type of student that would succeed in this program is students who are capable of being involved in multiple extracurricular activities and someone who works well with others. In this program, throughout our peer educator roles or working in our committees, we work with multiple different people in different areas, so it is imperative to be flexible and respectful.
Can you name one or two events that really stand out to you?
Some events that stick out to me are W.A.V.E. general body meetings and community fest. W.A.V.E. stands for We Achieve Via Education and it is a club created by the first cohort of Shark Teach to advocate for education at NSU and around our community. At each meeting, there is an interesting topic spoken about and engaging activities. Community Fest is an event that happens around early February where clubs/organizations can have tables with information and people from the community can have a great time, Shark Teach provides materials to create bookmarks and people love to stop by and make one!
How do you think this changed your experience at NSU?
This changed my experience at NSU by giving me a family of like-minded individuals who have similar aspirations as myself. We are all different in our own ways but can relate on certain levels. Being in this program has allowed me to grow and prepare myself for the future.
What is it like to be in both Shark Teach and The Fischler Academy?
To be in both Shark Teach and the Fischler Academy is to be highly involved in the NSU community. By being in both programs, you are typically on track for a more rigorous school schedule since you are on a 3+1 track. This can involve 21 credit semesters, multiple extracurricular activities, and many opportunities for experience in the classroom.
What do Shark Teach students do that is different from The Fischler Academy?
Some things that Shark Teach students to do that are different from the Fischler Academy are a requirement of a peer educator role of minimum 4 semesters, monthly conclave meetings, and active participation within the program. Since the Fischler Academy has specialized education courses with a different curriculum for each major, less is required. Both coexist in a way where it allows us students to be heavily engaged and enriched with opportunities to grow as a leader and as future educators.