Get Career-Ready with: Sophie Jebose '23, Elementary Education Major Student Profile
Meet Sophie Jebose '23
- Education Pre-K – 4th Grade
- Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- High School
- Calandlyceum Amsterdam
- Dream Job
- Teaching education classes as a university professor
"What I love the most about Point Park's elementary education program is the Matt's Maker Space Lab. I have most of my classes in the maker space, and the setup is great for hands-on learning. We are able to try and carry out many of the lessons we plan on teaching to our future students. This practice gives me confidence, which really makes a difference when I go into a classroom for a field experience."
Why did you choose Point Park University?
I chose Point Park because of its downtown campus. I transferred here from a community college in Kansas, so I was excited to experience a completely different location. Moreover, Point Park's sports teams have been successful in the River States Conference so I looked forward to being a part of the University's athletics program.
Describe your involvement with campus athletics and what you enjoy about them.
I participate in cheer and track and field. Being involved with campus athletics is demanding but very rewarding. I go to practice sometimes multiple times a day and have a competition every weekend when we are in season. Spending so many hours with the same people creates a bond, and it feels good being a part of that. Last year, Point Park won the River States Conference Commissioner's All-Sports Cup for performing the best across all athletic teams compared to other schools in the conference. This makes it even more important and exciting to cheer not only for your own teammates, but also for the other athletic teams throughout the year.
What was it like adjusting from living in the Netherlands to living in Pittsburgh?
Luckily, the transition from living in the Netherlands to living in Pittsburgh was pretty smooth. The weather is about the same, and I come from a similar city atmosphere. The biggest difference is the language. Even though I learned English in high school, it is totally different going from speaking Dutch to speaking English all day. You get used to it pretty quickly, though – so much so that I even dream in English sometimes!
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What do you love most about the Elementary Education program?
What I love the most about Point Park's elementary education program is the Matt's Maker Space Lab. Last year, the University transformed a former computer lab into a beautiful learning space full of new technology and craft materials. I have most of my classes in the maker space, and the setup is great for hands-on learning. We are able to try and carry out many of the lessons we plan on teaching to our future students. This practice gives me confidence, which really makes a difference when I go into a classroom for a field experience.
Who is your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor is Christal Edmunds, Ph.D.. I have taken several classes with her, and I love that she challenges our view of education by familiarizing us with different approaches to teaching, such as the Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies. It is truly eye-opening and, in my opinion, really sets the School of Education apart from other universities.
What are your favorite things to do around campus when you're not in class or at practice?
My favorite thing to do is explore the city! Pittsburgh has so much to offer and is easily bikeable. I love renting a bike from the Student Center and going on a bike ride, exploring the different museums and discovering new restaurants.