Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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Callie Thomas is a senior from Downers Grove, Illinois majoring in Elementary Education, with a minor in Environmental Science, certificate in Teacher Leadership, and an endorsement in Reading Education.

What is your favorite memory from the University of Iowa?

My favorite memory from the University of Iowa would have to be my very first family weekend. I am very close to my family, so going for a couple of months at the beginning of my Freshman year without them was very challenging. I remember the moment that I saw my parents and my brother for the first time, and the excitement and peace that I felt finally having them there with me. I got to "show off" Iowa to my favorite people, and I got to introduce them to all of the traditions and people that make our school so amazing. From seeing my brother tear up during his first "wave," to grabbing grilled cheese at Marco's as our first family dinner in 2 months, I loved the pride that I felt representing our university to my family!

What would like to see changed in the world during your lifetime?

During my lifetime, I would love to simply see more empathy. I think that empathy and kindness towards others is at the core of a healthy society and a meaningful life, and I hope that one day there is more empathy when it comes to interacting with other human beings in our world. Empathy for people who are struggling, empathy for people who are growing, and empathy for people who are trying their best. With more empathy, people will be able to utilize their strengths and talents to be there for others in more effective and intentional ways.
In my future profession, I also hope to see more empathy in the educational world. Whether a student is in 2nd grade or 22nd grade, I think that learners deserve the upmost support and care during their educational career. The first step will be more accessible education for all, which is another goal that I hope to see achieved in the future. Then, hopefully during my lifetime, I can see a world where every student feels loved by their teachers, every teacher feels loved by their district, and everyone has the ability to gain an education that leaves them prepared to be an educated and kind member of our society!

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to step into any movie I am watching, or any book I am reading!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself as a principal at an elementary school! I'm not sure whether I'll be back in Chicago; maybe I'll end up in New Orleans, on the East Coast, or somewhere in Ireland with my family. What I do know for sure, is that I want to be someone who can truly make positive changes within a school, that can then positively impact every student that walks through the doors. I want to leave lasting impacts on young learners, and be someone that every student sees as a support system and advocate for them. The future is in the hands of our youngest generations, and I hope to be someone in 10 years that is there right alongside them, holding their hands along the way.

What is a fun fact that no one knows about you?

I won a state championship as a tap dancer!

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