October’s Student of the Month | Caroline Korte

Caroline Korte smiling with an NMSU backdrop

My name is Caroline Korte and I am a junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I chose NMSU because of the people that helped me as a high school senior. The people at the Honors College were so welcoming and helpful when I was trying to make my decision. It was hard for me to decide to come to NMSU, but it has been the best decision I have ever made. I love the Honors College and the College of Education. I have always wanted to be a teacher, so I am majoring in Early Childhood Education. I also just decided to pick up a minor in Child Advocacy Studies, which will train me on how to work with and help maltreated children. In addition to school, I work at the NMSU School for Young Children, an on-campus program for children aged 2-5. I love going to work and spending time with the kids there! It’s been a blessing to gain valuable childcare experience while I work on my degree. I don’t have a lot of free time between work and school, but when I can, I like to go hiking and I like to babysit. 
 
I am part of NMSU’s Student National Education Association (SNEA), which is a club for education majors. We do community service on campus and at local schools. I love being part of SNEA, and I was recently elected vice-president. I’m really excited to start coordinating events and working with people who share my interests! Any education major who wants to get more involved here at NMSU should look into joining SNEA! 
 
Working at a preschool means that I help teach very young children social skills and how to treat other people. Teaching young children how to behave involves lots of modeling behaviors and language. It’s important to know your own values and beliefs as a teacher of young children. I value kindness above all things and thinking of these words helps me keep focused on what I believe in: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn. This quote has helped me through many situations, and it continues to be applicable in my day-to-day life both at school and at work in the classroom. Working with kids is so much fun; it really requires you to start enjoying children’s music, so that’s mainly what I listen to. I know all the words to the main songs in Moana and Frozen, and I sing these songs very often! My favorite song for grown-ups is “Selene,” by Imagine Dragons. 
 
I love the Honors College for many reasons, but I especially love that the staff is so accessible and friendly. I am working on graduating with university honors, which is an amazing opportunity that the Honors College gives students. I would recommend the Honors program because it offers you a higher-level education that you can choose to gift yourself with. You can take advanced classes with just a few other students and the professor. It’s a unique experience that allows you to really go in-depth into the class material and take control of your own learning. To students who are now preparing for their futures, I would say be brave! Don’t be afraid to do something on your own or try something new. Being brave and trying something new has led me to the best experiences of my life. 

 

 
In the future, after I complete my bachelor’s degree, I want to teach infants and toddlers. I love babies! I also want to earn a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. As long as I can work with children, I will be happy. 

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