Natalie Souders

Natalie Souders
Metropolis, IL
Learning and Behavior Disorders with Elementary Emphasis
Junior, Class of May 2015

Did you start your college experience at Murray State or did you transfer from another school?
I transferred from West Kentucky Community College in Paducah, KY. I always wanted to attend MSU and become a teacher.

Why did you choose Murray State?
I visited the campus several times when I attended West Kentucky Community College and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and education Murray State offered. I have heard nothing but good things about MSU and have found them all to be true. I am so happy about my choice.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities?
In the spring semester of 2013 and fall semester of 2014 I was the girls’ Athletic Director for Lee Clark College. I am a part of the Residential College Council for Lee Clark, and I am a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and Council for Exceptional Children.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself while being a student at Murray State?
The most interesting thing I learned here at Murray State is that I have chosen the right career path. For the longest time I was indecisive with majors. I was teaching at an elementary school because of a requirement from an education course and the joy I felt from seeing their little faces light up is indescribable. I am so delighted I made the choice I made and chose education as my major.

What has been your biggest challenge in making the change from high school to university life and how have you dealt with it?
My biggest challenge transferring to Murray State was managing my time. Between going to class, playing intramural sports, holding down a part-time job, and hanging out with my roommate I found it hard to study in my room. I started managing my time with a planner and scheduling times to go into the library each day and found this to help me become more successful with daily tasks.

What do you like about education? Have you learned anything unique about teaching at Murray State?
I appreciate the opportunity to be in classrooms around Murray to get experience firsthand. This opportunity affords me the experience to grow as a future educator. I believe the professors and staff that are here for us have contributed to making my experience positive and rewarding in every way.

What are your career plans after graduation?
I will be persistent in pursuing a career in education and will not give up until I have, not a job, but a responsibility to impact children and their education. I believe that educators have the power to change lives and I will not take this responsibility lightly. I will complete the compliance tasks required to obtain the appropriate certifications and at some point will achieve my masters in an education field. We must never stop learning!