Name: Sabrina Iaria
Hometown: Long Island, New York
Major(s): Foreign Language Education in Italian Major, General Business Minor
When you were young, what did you think you wanted to be "when you grow up?"
Honestly, I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have always loved the classroom setting and the idea of guiding students towards the future. There have been times where I have had second thoughts about my choice, but in the end I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing.
What career do you hope your first job after graduate will be?
Ideally, I would like to find a teaching job on Long Island. I hope to find a school that I really like as opposed to constantly switching from district to district. That way, I have the potential to move up to a higher position, such as the chairperson of a foreign language department.
What experience have you had so far that you think is best preparing you to reach that goal?
I have always tried to get involved with students in any way that I could. For years, I have been observing classrooms in order to have the full teaching experience. However, recently Hofstra has given me the opportunity to tutor on campus. I feel that being able to teach the Italian language to a student will give me the experience that I will need to lead a class.
What advice would you have for others who are pursuing this same career?
In order to be successful in this field, experience is definitely required. Education majors should definitely take advantage of the required observation hours in order to be the best teacher possible. In addition, networking is incredibly important in any field, but that goes without saying.
Who at Hofstra has had the biggest positive impact on you?
I could not choose one person that has impacted me because Hofstra, as a whole, has greatly affected my life. I would have to say that the Italian Department has significantly helped me in becoming who I want to be in the future. In addition, the entire staff at the Career Center has definitely given me the experience I need to venture off into the real world.
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