Secondary Education

Deve Wishart

Class of

2018

My hometown is

Troy, MI

My major(s):

Secondary Education, English

My minor(s)

German

I'm involved in:

German club (V.P. and P.R.), Colleges Against Cancer (Head of the Decorations Committee) and Alma College Hepcats.

After I graduate I plan to

either study abroad in Germany to work toward a master’s degree or be student teaching in Germany—possibly both. I want to eventually teach English internationally.

My favorite place on campus is

the stairs just outside the library—as you walk down them you can see the majority of campus and the sun seems to shine just right there. When it’s breezy you can even feel the crispness of the air.

Some of my favorite professors include

Frau Kruse, Dr. A. Hall, Dr. Seals and Dr. Olbertson.

So far, my favorite class(es) has/have been

German, English Advanced Rhetoric and Foundations of Secondary Education.

My greatest accomplishment at Alma is

the progress I’ve made with Colleges Against Cancer. I’ve been afraid of Relay for Life and what it would mean since my brother died, but the people there have been so supportive that I’m looking forward to seeing all of our hard work come to fruition.

I'd advise an Alma freshman to

relax. It’s not as scary as you think it is. Just remember to be friendly and don’t write anyone off—they are trying just as hard as you. You might have bad days or bad weeks, but always remember to enjoy the fresh air on the way to class—sometimes that is what gets you through the day and reminds you of how lucky you are to be here.

I'd tell a student considering coming to Alma

go with your gut—choose the school you trust the most because honestly, the statistics and the clubs could sound amazing and impressive, but what really matters is the feeling you get when you walk across campus. Do you want to stop and think or rush from place to place trying to fit in? It should feel natural. Even if it isn’t your first choice, sometimes it can be the better one.

What I like most about studying at Alma is

being able to choose my own classes (and in effect my own teachers). It’s much more freeing than high school and it gives me control over my future. I specifically love how much independence is encouraged as well as leadership. If you are willing to work, there are so many opportunities here that I absolutely would not be getting anywhere else.

My favorite part about living on campus is

all the independence: it makes me feel like I can do things on my own and that I am smart enough to. I like being able to decide when to do things because I can find the times that best suit me.