Madi Knox is a third-year student at WOU and an active part of our campus community. She is majoring in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, with a minor in Theatre Arts.
Why did you choose WOU?
I chose WOU because I am from a really small town, so when I came to campus and saw how community oriented it was, I fell in love. My dad is also an alumni, so I grew up wanting to come my whole life!
Why did you choose your major and minor?
I chose my major because I think teaching is about helping the next generation of astronauts, doctors, and presidents grow into themselves, and it honors me to think I could have a role in molding them for success. I chose Theatre Arts as my minor because I am extremely passionate about the beauty of fine arts, and I am a big advocate for the importance of fine arts in childhood education.
What has been your favorite course for your major?
My favorite course for my major was Children’s Literature in Diverse Classrooms, it was incredible to find so many stories that students will be able to relate to and see themselves in. I’ve been collecting picture books for my future classroom library ever since.
Are you involved in any campus groups or clubs?
I am one of the PLUS Team Coordinators this year and have been involved with PLUS Team for three years now. I have also been the Executive Director of Public Relations for ASWOU for two years now.
What is your intended career?
I hope to teach kindergarten or first grade.
What skills have you learned at WOU that are most helpful to your career field?
I have learned to cherish and inspire diversity in my life, and I think that allowing my future students to feel the awe that I do for the world around me and the people in it will benefit them for the rest of their lives. I’ve learned that it’s possible to inspire the change you want to see in the world.
What is your favorite memory from WOU?
My favorite memory from WOU was going on the bonding retreat with PLUS Team my first year because it was the first time that I realized that I had found somewhere I belonged.
What’s your favorite spot on campus to grab food or a drink?
I love going to The Press in Hamersly because I can bribe myself to do homework in the library with Starbucks.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen or potential students?
My biggest piece of advice for first year students is to push yourself out of your comfort zone. It can feel really scary at first, but the friendships and experiences that you gain are worth it in the end. Put yourself out there and it’ll be worth it.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself emanating Ms. Frizzle energy to my first graders and loving every day of it.