Misty Weiss found her fit as an elementary education major after working at Wichita State’s Child Development Center.
Weiss is one of more than 1,100 students eligible for fall 2021 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.
What degree did you earn?
I am receiving a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education and elementary education.
What is your hometown?
My hometown is Lebo, KS.
What led you to Wichita State?
I am from a small town. I wanted to go to a university, but I didn’t want to feel lost. I felt like WSU really had that feeling. The class sizes were smaller for the most part and I felt like I could make a connection with my classmates or my instructors. I also really liked Shocker Hall. I could have roommates, but my own space at the same time!
How are you feeling leading up to graduation?
I am so excited. I changed my major a couple of times, so it has taken me longer than expected to graduate. However, I know I finally made my way to the right major.
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at Wichita State?
My job. I started working at the Child Development Center on campus my freshman year and have loved every minute of it. My work as a teacher assistant is 100% the reason I chose to become a teacher, and I have learned so many valuable things working there. My admin and coworkers are both amazing teachers and people that are always there to give advice.
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge was switching my major. I did it three times before realizing that my heart was with teaching. In all honesty, it just took time. I had to figure myself out before I could figure out my major.
What are your plans after graduation?
This summer I took a full-time lead teaching position at the Child Development Center. I teach preschoolers and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon!
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your time at Wichita State or your post-graduation plans?
Luckily it really hasn’t. I was in the TAP program at WSU, which is fully online. The only difference I had to make was teaching one lesson virtually rather than in person. That was quite the challenge with preschoolers, but I made it work. My program was really flexible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so I am grateful for that.
What advice would you give other Wichita State students?
It’s ok to go into college undecided on a major. Take your freshman year to explore your options. Take classes in different fields and figure out what you are attracted to. Try to job shadow. Ask what other’s majors are. Explore the majors online. Figure out where your heart lies and then move forward. Get involved and join groups and organizations as well. It is not only a great way to meet people, but you can also learn a lot throughout the process. Another thing, have fun! College only lasts for a little bit. You shouldn’t spend it being stressed the whole time. Don’t be afraid to skip an hour of studying to go do something fun. Lastly, be yourself and do what makes you happy!