Name: Patricia Enrico Lora
Program of study: Bachelor of Education
Year of study: First
Why did you choose your program?
In the wise words of Whitney Huston, “the children are our future.”
I hope to show students how creative opportunities have the ability to teach them about the control they have in their lives. In making it a priority to acknowledge each student’s potential through positive means, their passions and skills foster an honest approach to self-awareness. By emphasizing these values in the classroom, I hope to reform institutionalized attitudes about identity and help students break free from culturally constructed limitations.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
First and foremost, I would like to celebrate this milestone by visiting Japan during the sakura season! Once I come back from a well-deserved vacation, I hope to start teaching in the Toronto District School Board or perhaps kick-start my career in a different country.
What is your favourite thing about Ontario Tech?
It’s ability to integrate technology in its teaching program. Ontario Tech prepares teacher candidates to be in sync with contemporary methods of teaching so they can apply skills that are relevant to the 21st century classroom.
What is your favourite Student Speak blog post?
A post called “Why School is Still Cool” by Kait Nienhuis, is currently my favourite blog on Student Speak. It is applicable to my current situation as a graduate who is going back to school for more education – whoopie! Growing up, school was always important to me. I’ll admit that it took me some time to understand the value of making the best out of my education. Through all my achievements and mistakes, I’ve learned that school is truly a privilege and I remind myself this every day. As an aspiring teacher/superhero, I believe knowledge is the ultimate superpower.
What is your favourite thing to do in the Durham Region?
I am new to the area, so I have yet to see the wonderful things Durham has to offer!
What would you tell first-year you, in one sentence?
Stop buying $5 pizzas every day and make your own lunch!