Sara Christ, Liberal Studies

photo by Sandi Yanisko

Now more than ever, Montgomery County Community College 2012 graduate Sara Christ wants “to get in there and change a kid’s life” as a teacher. An education course she took as part of MCCC’s Liberal Studies curriculum clinched that for her.

But the 19-year-old Pottstown resident still faces one dilemma.

“The combination of classes showed me that there is so much out there. Deciding what to teach has been made more difficult,” she said.

Will it be music, or art — or science?

“I hope it comes to me,” Christ says, adding that her decision will also help her decide which of two universities (Kutztown or West Chester) she’ll transfer to.

“I’ve been to both campuses and will go back and look at them more closely. Either that or I’ll try to incorporate both music and art,” she explained.

But what of the third idea? Christ says she “always thought it would be cool to be a science teacher,” too.

“I’ve had almost all positive experiences with science throughout school,” said Christ, who works as a sales associate at TJ Maxx and as a summer camp counselor at the elementary school that she herself attended.

“I like how you learn by doing. For example, we did an experiment in eighth grade about density, putting gummy bears in water overnight. They got really big — it was pretty funny. I would definitely do that experiment in my own class.”

Her answer may be to teach in an elementary school, where she can dabble in every subject. Having worked as a counselor, Christ concludes that she likes interacting with the “little kids” because “they still have an imagination.”

A member of MCCC’s rigorous Honors Program and of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, Christ says she enrolled at the College because she attended classes there as a high school student. Not knowing what she direction to take, she “wanted to get a taste for the possibilities.”

In addition, Christ, whose grades have dropped to an A minus only once, was drawn to the Honors Program because of the smaller class sizes.

“You get to work one-on-one, and a lot of times have the same professors,” she said. “It’s like a family.”

~ by Rebecca Rhodin

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