Why I Chose EMU

Kirk Suchowesky: ‘Eastern is a place for growth and inspiration.’

Like many transfer students, Kirk Suchowesky enrolled at Eastern to take advantage of its excellent teaching courses.

“EMU has a wonderful history of teacher education and a very recognized teaching program,” says Suchowesky, a senior studying Secondary Education – Social Studies/History. “The university offers opportunities to become highly qualified in your subject. With my degree, I’ll be able to teach subjects like government, economics, social studies, history and geography.”

Suchowesky says Social Foundations is one of the most inspiring classes he’s taken.

“The course covered the history of public education in the United States,” he says. “It really opened my eyes to the debate between public and more privatized education models. I also enjoyed hearing other students’ perspectives on these issues and engaging in lively classroom discussion.”

Kirk Suchowesky

Serving his fellow students

In addition to being an Honors College student, Suchowesky has served in student government as a senator. He’s also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honors society for teachers.

“I served on political action and student services committees,” he says. “These opportunities allowed me to take the principles and truths that I learned in class and apply them to the real world. I’ve been involved in unique and inspiring service opportunities. I’ve been happy to serve the student body.”

At a student government conference, Suchowesky helped author a resolution supporting mental health initiatives on college campuses statewide.

“My most rewarding experience has been building relationships with students, faculty, the administration and the whole campus community, which is like family,” he says. “Eastern is a place of opportunity, growth and inspiration. Students who enroll here should let the entire university community build you into the person that you’re inspired to become.”

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