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Potential students join COE for Visit Day

Attendees for the College of Education’s Spring 2017 Visit Day


Twenty-four students along with their supporters gathered at Georgia Southern University on Friday, February 3, to participate in the College of Education’s Visit Day.

Attendees were treated to a lunch with faculty and staff representatives where they heard from featured student speaker Micaiah “Mickey” Watson, a senior early childhood education major. Watson explained that he transferred to Georgia Southern because of the notoriety of the University’s education programs.

“Throughout high school and even at my former college, so many of my teachers earned their degrees from Georgia Southern, and [they] loved it,” said Watson.

Nearing the end of his degree program, Watson said he now understands why he was encouraged to attend Georgia Southern.

“In the College of Education, you are surrounded by people who understand your passion to teach,” said Watson. “And not only that, these teachers care. They want you to succeed, and they prepare you for your future career in education. I say, with a heart of pride, that Georgia Southern is the choice for education,” he added.

Dean of the College of Education, Thomas Koballa, Ph.D.  is pictured conversing with attendees of the College’s Visit Day event.

Many of the potential students attending Visit Day were still considering what area of education they would like to pursue.

High school senior Bryce Harrison of Vidalia, Georgia, said that ultimately he was interested in coaching football. An athlete at his high school, Harrison realized a natural talent for sports statistics and play calls that he feels would make him a strong coach. Harrison said he believes the future path for him will include middle grades social science education.

“I love history, and I am strong in my history classes,” explained Harrison. “I also have younger brothers so I like the idea of teaching at a middle school.”

Caylin Contordi of Fannin County, Georgia is a high school junior. She said she already knows that teaching is the right career path for her thanks to her school’s Teaching as a Profession Pathway program. Contordi has been observing a middle school language arts course, and says that she is not sure whether she would like to teach middle or high school English.

“I enjoy being in the classroom,” said Contordi. “I have always loved English and writing, and I want to help others love it as well.”

Participants in COE’s Visit Day also attended information sessions about the education degree programs, participated in a panel with current education majors and graduates, and experienced a COE course during a mock college classroom activity.

The College of Education hosts Visit Day twice each year. The next Visit Day will be held during Fall semester 2017. For more information, visit and select “major-specific visits.”


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