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MOUNTOLIVE-ManystudentssaytheyimmediatelyfeelathomewhentheyfirstvisittheUniversityofMountOlive(UMO)。

BethanyRawlsofOriental,NCagreesthatitwasthesameforher。

AlthoughafewofRawls’familymembersareUMOalumni,theUniversityreallywasn’tonherradarofpotentialcollegesuntilshemadethatfirstvisit。

“Aftermyfirsttour,IknewwithoutadoubtthatUMOwastherightchoiceforme,”Rawlssaid?

“Iattendedasmallhighschool,soUMOfeltwarmandinvitingtome。

”Sheenrolledinthefallof2015。

RawlsismajoringinelementaryeducationandminoringinEnglish。

UMO’sgrowingeducationprogramwasoneofthedecidingfactorsforRawls。

“AslongasIcanremember,Ihavewantedtobeateacher,”shesaid。

“IhaveapassionforeducationandIlongtomakeapositiveimpactinthelivesofchildren。

Throughouthighschool,Iworkedwithchildreninavarietyofroles,cultivatingmypassionforchildrenandeducation。

Tome,teachingisnotjustajob。

Itisoneofthemostrewardingexperiencesapersoncanhave。



WhileattendingUMO,RawlshasbeenamemberoftheHonorsprogramandhastraveledinternationallywiththegrouptoChinaandtoCentralEurope。

“Bothtripswereincredibleexperiences,”Rawlsshared。

“Theybroughtmeclosertomypeers,andIamsothankfultoUMOfortheonce-in-a-lifetimeopportunities。

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ShehasalsoworkedwiththeMountOliveBoysandGirlsClubandhasservedasPresidentofUMO’sPiLambdaTheta(PLT)chapter。

ThissemesterRawls’hasbeenstudentteachingatCarverElementarySchoolinMountOlive。

“Studentteachinghasbeenarewardingexperience,”shesaid。

“Iloveseeingmystudentsgrownotjustacademically,butalsoasindividuals。

Ithasbeenavaluablelearningexperience,andIamthankfulfortheopportunitytospendthislastsemesteratCarver。



RawlsisexpectedtograduateinDecember。

ShehasacceptedapositionasasecondgradeteacheratArapahoeCharterSchoolinPamlicoCounty。

“Iamthrilledtobeginteachingimmediatelyaftergraduation,”Rawlssaid。

Herfutureplansincludepursuingamaster’sdegreeincurriculuminstructionandeventuallyworkinginadministration。

ThesuccessthatRawlshasexperiencedcomesfromhavingagoodsupportsystem。

“ThesupportIhavefrommyfriendsandfamilyisadrivingforceforme。

Nomatterwhatmygoalsordreamshavebeen,myparentshavebeenthereeachstepofthewaytoencourageandmotivatemeevenwhenIdoubtedmyself。



Sheisalsomotivatedbyherowndesiretomakeapositiveimpactasaneducator。

“IknowthatifIwanttomakeanimpactintheworld,Imustbewillingtogooutanddosomething,”sheadded。

“WhileatUMO,Ihavegainedself-confidenceandessentialleadershipskills。

Mytimeherehashelpedmetostepoutofmycomfortzoneinsomanyways。

Ihavedevelopedlifelongfriendships。

IwillforeverbethankfulforUMOandtheimpactthisspecialuniversityhashadinmypersonalgrowth,”Rawlsconcluded。

RawlsisthedaughterofPhilandLindaRawls。

TheUniversityofMountOliveisaprivateinstitutionrootedintheliberalartstraditionwithdefiningChristianvalues。

TheUniversity,sponsoredbytheConventionofOriginalFreeWillBaptists,haslocationsinMountOlive,NewBern,Wilmington,SeymourJohnsonAirForceBase,ResearchTrianglePark,Washington,Jacksonville,inSmithfieldatJohnstonCommunityCollege,andonline?

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