Marietta Schoolmaster

From Portage, Michigan

Class of 2015
Future Alma Mater:
Hope College

Independent Student of the Day

My name is Marietta Schoolmaster from Portage, Michigan. I am the youngest of four children to my parents Robert and Sara Schoolmaster, who still live in Portage! I am currently a senior at Hope College where I am a double major in Spanish and Elementary Education. I came to Hope College to pursue my passion for learning and playing volleyball. I have been a member of the Hope College volleyball team for the past four years, and a co-captain my junior and senior year. On top of playing volleyball at Hope, I have been able to pursue other passions while being a student! I have gotten the chance to help with teaching English as a second language (ESL) to community members, participate in "Dance Marathon," a fundraiser for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and be an active member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. I spent the Spring semester of my junior year studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain. I got the chance to take a full load of classes, teach English two days a week in a local primary school, and travel the world! The experience sparked my desire to one day teach abroad! When I am not in class or on the court playing volleyball, I love to coach volleyball! I am the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Hudsonville High School. I love spending time with family and friends. I like to visit the shores of Lake Michigan and enjoy a good book by the lake shore. I also enjoy riding my bike and being active outdoors!

My motivation

My family and friends truly motivate me. I love being able to celebrate my successes with them and make them all proud. My family has worked so hard to support me in everything I do, and that has allowed me to truly excel. Also, as a future teacher, my students motivate me. I think of all of the students I have worked with and all of the students I will meet in the future, and it motivates me to do more! I want to teach them how to love learning and be the best they can be. When I think of a classroom of new students, new children that I get to meet, that motivates me!

My latest accomplishments

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, I was named Hope College's female student athlete of the year. This was an award given by the athletic department and entire coaching staff at Hope. This award is granted to a student athlete that excels in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. I was extremely honored to receive this honor.

Next big goal

Finish student teaching and receive full accreditation! I am currently student teaching in the West Ottawa School District. I have eight weeks in a high school Spanish classroom and then will spend eight weeks in a 5th grade Spanish immersion classroom. I want to successfully finish!

Why is choosing your own path important?

Choosing your own path means finding your true identity and purpose! I think by being able to choose your own path you are following your personal passions and loves. I think that when you choose your own path, you will find your true calling!

Favorite place on campus

The Pine Grove or DeVos Fieldhouse

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