Student spotlight: Meghan Hesterman

Meet Meghan, a sophomore in the Department of Education.

Meghan is majoring in Unified Early Childhood Studies and minoring in Spanish Studies.

What do you like most about your major/minor program(s)? 

I like how the Unified Early Childhood Studies program provides students with ample opportunities to work in a classroom setting with a variety of age groups. Also, my early childhood education professors are some of the most considerate, fun, and kind people/professors I have met. In terms of the Spanish program, I enjoy the variety of subjects offered, such as in culture, film, literature, etc.!

Why did you choose UMD? 

I chose UMD primarily because it was one of the only universities in Minnesota that offered an early childhood education program. I also chose UMD for its location by the North Shore and Lake Superior; I love being close to nature and participating in various outdoor activities year-round!

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

That's a difficult question. I would have to say either being a part of the University Honors (UH) community or when I began my practicum experience last fall!

What advice do you have for incoming students? 

First, take advantage of the opportunities UMD offers. Although it is difficult to participate in extracurricular activities during a COVID-19 school year, take the initiative to try something new. Even now, UMD's clubs and organizations offer a variety of virtual and (sometimes) in-person activities. Also, if you are interested in a subject and have room in your schedule, take the leap and sign up for a course! You never know where your education will lead you. Finally, find ways in which you can take care of your mental health: take study breaks, explore self-care activities, start a journal, etc. Whatever works for you!

What do you like to do in your free time?

Right now, I enjoy volunteering; spending time with friends and family; writing posts for my blog, Journal of a Future Teacher; relearning Christmas cello music; rewatching some of my favorite Netflix shows, and getting outside! Some of my favorite outdoor activities include: stand-up paddleboarding, cross-country skiing, hiking, walking, and running.