One of the main selling points of large universities such as UConn is the exciting campus life— the dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, and dive bars draw in hundreds of students each year. Once the excitement of a new city and new surroundings has worn off, however, the difficulties of navigating such a vast campus set in. It can take months to establish a bus route to class that takes less than an hour, and just as professors are beginning to memorize some of the names of their fifty or sixty lecture students, the semester is over. While attending a large and bustling university may seem like a new and exciting adventure, in the end, settling into a routine and establishing meaningful relationships with professors and staff becomes nearly impossible.
As my senior year of college is coming to an end, and I am approaching the final week of my student teaching placement at RHAM High School, I’ve begun to reflect on both the positive and negative aspects of my experience in Eastern’s CARE Program (Committee for Admission and Retention in Education). While I could not have asked for a better host teacher, and consider myself lucky to have been so warmly welcomed into a new school district’s English Department (if even just for the year), I must admit that the process of navigating the numerous vaguely-worded program requirements added unneeded stress to the experience.