Spring 2023 B.S.E. English Secondary Education
Faculty praise for Stacey
Stacey is an example of dedication and commitment, and this is particularly noteworthy when we take into consideration that she’s a non-traditional student with four small children at home. I have witnessed a degree of attention and mindful presence in Stacey that is rare in students who navigate a fraction of her daily commitments. She conveys not only intentionality but an acute awareness of the privilege inherent in devoting years to the personal, intellectual, and social growth enabled by an undergraduate degree. She is the sort of student who throws herself into every task, whether it’s the difficult work of thinking on the spot and articulating responses in a seminar setting (where she always also strives to engage directly with her peers’ insights rather than directing her full attention to her professor) or whether it’s finding time to attend extracurricular departmental and university events, and there to show the same engagement she brings to class. As an educator myself, I am always struck by how suited Stacey is to the profession. She has the requisite devotion to developing excellence in her particular area(s) of study, but just as importantly, she also demonstrates rare qualities of commitment to personal growth and to community-building, as well as the social awareness to marshal those commitments into genuinely transformative acts.
Stacey is phenomenal at everything she does—and that is saying quite a bit for someone who does so many things. She brings intellect and heart everywhere she goes, and the world is and will continue to be better for it.
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