Becoming a Leader


Since she was in the sixth grade, Lindsay Green '13 of Hampden, Mass., has wanted to be an English teacher. With her graduation this Saturday with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her licensure in secondary education, she is nearing the realization of that goal.

"I want to teach high school students because it's the last chance any teacher has to inspire students to love learning before they become young adults and move on to the 'real world,'" Green said.  

Grammar is her favorite aspect of English. And, while Green admits there is no fun way to learn grammar, she is going to give it her best shot.

"What I love about being a teacher is the moment a student understands a concept and gets excited about their new knowledge," she explained. "I got to experience that a lot last semester during my student teaching; some of my students told me that I was always smiling!"

Green has loved her experience as an English major at MCLA.

"There are so many interesting options for courses," she explained. "If I had the time I would have taken many more than I did! The professors were simply amazing; they constantly challenged me to think deeply about texts and connect the ideas to other texts."

Some even volunteered their time to hold prep sessions for the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure to help ensure Green and other English majors' success in taking it.

"I had their words reverberating in my head while I took my test, and it was enough to help me pass it the first time around," Green said. "Furthermore, they're extremely passionate about what they teach."

MCLA, Green said, also helped her to realize her potential as a leader.

"I didn't take on any major leadership roles in high school, so I never really knew what I was capable of doing until I went here. Once I discovered I had solid leadership qualities my personality changed in the classroom. I was not afraid to ask questions or contribute my ideas in class because I wanted to ensure that I make the most of my educational experience."

Her activities included serving as president of MCLA's National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), thus leading the organization that she says has shaped her since her freshman year. Its opportunities included public speaking and networking at regional and national conferences.

In addition, Green served as president of her class during her sophomore year; was the secretary for Colleges against Cancer; the Townhouse Advisory Board; a copy editor for MCLA's student-run newspaper, the Beacon; traveled abroad to Ireland; served as a writing associate; and was a volunteer for the E3 Academy - a program that allows local high school students to spend time at MCLA to learn about campus life and what college has to offer.

"When I think of my experiences collectively, I've learned how gratifying it is to be involved in something 'bigger than myself,'" Green said. "As a partial result of my efforts, I've seen progress on this campus, and I take tremendous pride in my contributions and the contributions of the organizations with which I have been involved."

Next, Green will begin work on her master's degree. She also dreams of becoming a college professor or a magazine editor for a well-known publication. "If I work hard enough," she said, "I can do either."