“My favorite thing about being involved so much in Residence Life is getting to meet new people every day.”
Rowan Block is a student from Colorado Springs majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Psychology.
Block has always known she has wanted to end up teaching in a classroom.
“I love working with kids and I have always wanted to do something involving kids,” Block said. “Teaching, for me, is a great way to influence children in a positive way.
I love when children are excited about learning and their reactions when they finally understand something that might have been hard for them at first.”
Block also talks about her favorite professor she has had while at Western.
“[Douglas] Jones gave us a lot of creative freedom and really pushed me to go out of my comfort zone to see how good my writing could be,” Block said. “He really cares about his students and wants to support them as much as he can.”
On campus, Block is involved heavily in Residence Life. She has worked in the Residence Life office as an office assistant since her freshman year. Block is also a Resident Assistant (RA) in the second-year residence halls.
“My favorite thing about being involved so much in Residence Life is getting to meet new people every day,” Block said. “Being an RA I am able to be there for other people and support others.”
“The biggest thing I have taken away while being at Western is putting myself out there more,” Block said. “When you socialize and say hi to people, you don’t feel so secluded.”
When Block will start her student teaching next semester, and after graduation she plans on getting her master’s degree. Her dream job is to be a teacher in Europe.
Story by student writer Taya Olson.