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Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood (Part II)

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What did you study? Did you change your major?

I arrived at GW with the intentions of majoring in Political Science and Journalism and minoring in Exercise Science or French. I walked out with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in History. Just a little different than what I originally planned! It was because of a few not-so-great professors during my first three semesters at GW that I decided Poli Sci and Journalism weren’t for me. However, it was due to having some amazing professors (e.g., Roy M. Berko, Tyler Anbinder, and Linda Grant DePauw) in other departments that drew me into the Communication and History Departments and made me want to stay… and I’m glad I did.

Even though I majored in Communication and minored in History, I was able to take a lot of classes outside of these fields. I had the opportunity to take black and white photography, creative writing, African-American Literature, chemistry for non-science majors (Way more than “Kiddie Chem!”), yoga, and even one education class. Because I was in The Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, I was encouraged to dabble in a variety of areas. While I wasn’t crazy about some of the classes I had to take as part of the core curriculum (i.e., geology, statistics and logic), I truly think that all of my courses helped make me a better teacher.

I didn’t become a teacher right after college. In fact, I worked as an editor at iVillage when I graduated. However, it was because of the strong base I had that led me to apply for a graduate program in elementary education (though I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming a secondary history teacher). I’ve come to believe that having a strong liberal arts education helps prepare a person for teaching in elementary school since one knows a little about everything. I might not be an expert on photography, African-American Literature, or chemistry, but I sure learned enough to give me a schema to work from when I teach.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

2 thoughts on “Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood (Part II) Leave a comment

  1. At my school, we weren’t required to choose majors (no, really). We were supposed to really take a little of everything. I can certainly see how my tasting a bit here and there all connects with the work I do now, but I can also appreciate how an actual major might have had a positive effect, too!


  2. I agree. My undergrad was English/Spanish. You wouldn’t believe how many teachers I meet who are terrified to model writing in front of their students….I really think I wrote so much as an English major that it rid me of any fear of writing in front of people. I wouldn’t take back what I studied for anything…I’ve seen so many benefits!


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