Student spotlight: Mallory Lithun

Dec 7, 2022

Meet Mallory Lithun, a senior in the Physical Education Teacher Education program. 

Why did you choose UMD?

Besides being recruited to UMD to play on the women’s tennis team, I chose this school because of the beautiful nature Duluth has to offer. The endless hiking trails and overlook of Lake Superior are sights that I feel fortunate to be surrounded by every day.

What do you like most about your programs?

I love how close-knit the Physical Education program is. I have tight connections and bonds with all of my professors and classmates, and we all care about each other so much. We are a family. I am so happy that I get to be surrounded by such wonderful people every day that help me become a better version of myself as an individual and as an educator.

What has been your most meaningful experience at UMD so far?

My most meaningful experience so far at UMD has been being able to teach students at elementary and middle schools in Duluth. These experiences have helped me feel confident and prepared in my ability to teach a wide range of age levels. I am grateful that our program provides us with these amazing opportunities that help us develop into the teachers we want to be.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

My advice for incoming students is to never feel scared or hesitant to ask for help. There are so many resources available at UMD, whether it is the tutoring center, professors, or health services. You are never alone, and there is always someone that can help and be there to support you. :)

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I love to be active! I enjoy running, playing tennis, hiking, yoga, and going on walks with friends. Places such as the lakewalk and the Willard Munger Trail are areas that I often go to! When I’m not being active, I enjoy spending time with my friends and teammates as well as occasionally playing some video games.