When I visited Tech for the third time my junior year, I finally knew it was where I wanted to be. Sitting next to the assistant dean of the Liberal Arts School and hearing him explain the Literature, Media, and Communication major that Tech offers, I was sold.

I began my Tech career in the fall of 2013, and in typical Tech fashion, began my first internship in October. I worked as the communications intern in Georgia Tech’s Writing Program, and quickly realized that office work wasn’t for me. My sophomore year I switched departments to work as a peer tutor in Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Lab and fell in love with working with students. Working with students to give them more confidence in their communication skills was so rewarding, and I knew that that was what I wanted to do with my life.

I chose Literature and Social Justice as my threads for LMC in hopes of teaching in low income communities one day. Courses such as Shakespeare, Postmodernism, and Victorian Literature, prepared me to teach an array of literature classes. This coupled with my gender and race studies equipped me to teach a diverse range of students from many different backgrounds, knowing that I could often point to a book that students can relate to.

The summer after my second year, I interned with Breakthrough Collaborative in Atlanta, a program that launches high-potential, low-income middle school students on a path to college, and that fall I worked as a teacher for an ACT prep program. These experiences, all of which I learned about through Georgia Tech’s pre-teaching program, further solidified my desire to teach.

My senior year, I applied to Teach for America and the Wesleyan Faculty Fellowship, two highly competitive programs that prepare college graduates to become teachers. I was accepted to both programs as a result of my literature and social justice background. I am thrilled to have accepted my fellowship at Wesleyan and to have deferred joining the Teach for America corps until 2018.

During my final semester at Tech, I had the privilege of interning at the International Rescue Committee where I got to work with refugees and teach them the English and life skills that they need to know to make a new life in the United States. My time in Clarkston, Georgia—the most diverse square mile in the country—was so powerful. I hope to return to this community one day and teach high school there.

None of these experiences would have been possible without Tech and all of the opportunities that it has offered me. Being in Atlanta and attending one of the finest institutes in the world has opened doors that I would have otherwise never known existed. I am so thankful for my major and all that it has brought to me, and I can’t wait to see where it will take me in the future!