Aneshia, a senior from Whites Creek High School, writes in this post about attending a conference on preparing to become a teacher that took place at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN. The Academies of Nashville are designed to help students learn about their interests and pursue opportunities at post-secondary institutions of higher learning through programs such as dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt. While visiting Vol State, Aneshia learned more about how dual enrollment classes in teaching offered at Whites Creek count toward a teaching degree at some colleges and universities in middle Tennessee.
My name is Aneshia and I am a senior at Whites Creek High School. Recently my Teaching as a Profession class visited Vol State Community College. My experience was very enjoyable. This opportunity increased my knowledge of what was in store for the Teacher Training pathway. On the field trip I related our Teaching as a Profession in Whites Creek High school to Volunteer State’s course. Their program had diversity like the one at Whites Creek and the workload was similar. At the conference our students were notified that we can take dual-credit tests that will provide three hours worth of college credit towards the specific course.
During our visit, we were able to experience wonderful things that most high school students wouldn’t get to do. For example, we took a tour around the school, we had the opportunity to talk to international students all the way from Denmark, we sat in on some college classes, and Vol State provided us with a wonderful meal. One of my favorite things I got to experience was being able to have a one to one conversation with the Denmark international students. I actually learned how their benefits, health insurance, and schooling work. The international students elaborated that all schooling in Denmark was completely free for them. From elementary to college they didn’t have to pay anything also relating to their health insurance is free.
I actually enjoyed myself and wouldn’t mind returning to the Volunteer State Conference again. Overall we had a marvelous time and they exposed us to things we hadn’t experienced before.