Hometown: Brookfield, Conn.
Major: Education - Social Studies
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education
Activities: Education Club member, work part time at Bright Beginnings
Honors and Awards: Dean's List five of six semesters, GPA of 3.2 or higher every semester
Jennifer Hunt went to the University of Connecticut for a year and a half before transferring to WestConn. "I transferred to WCSU from UCONN my sophomore year," she says, "and I have been a student at WCSU for three years in order to finish my student teaching. WestConn was less expensive with smaller class sizes, I could live at home and commute, and I also got to know my professors personally so I felt that I was more than just a number in a lecture hall."
Hunt says she has always wanted to be a teacher. "I was just unsure of the area to specialize in until I met some of the amazing professors in the history department at WCSU. Then I decided to get my endorsement in history/social studies."
"I had many great professors here at WCSU," Hunt says. Dr. Marcy May in the department of history and non-Western cultures helped me reach my potential as a writer and helped me gain confidence to become a good teacher. Also, history professors Dr. Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox and Dr. Burton Peretti taught me great skills and made me think critically about serious subjects in the world and in the historical field, for which I am beyond grateful."
Asked what she will remember most about her WestConn experience, Hunt says, “I believe my most memorable experience was writing my thesis for history last year. I took a class where you picked a topic, researched it, and wrote a 20- to 30-page thesis paper. It was the first time I was driven and passionate about a paper. I even traveled to California to complete my research. When I finally wrote the paper and turned it in I felt empowered and confident that I was ready to become a professional in my field of choice.”
After graduation, Hunt’s goal is to become a teacher. “At the moment I am applying for teaching positions in and around Connecticut for the next school year. Later, I intend to continue in school and obtain my master's degree and doctorate in the historical field.”
Hunt’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Get to know your professors and choose your classes wisely. Find something that interests you and stick with it. When you find something you are passionate about it makes your collegiate work more meaningful. Also, don’t let one professor get you down, for every not-your-favorite teacher there are two great ones at WCSU -- just find one you like and take as many classes with them as possible.”