“I cannot imagine having a better education than the one I got at Carlow.”
Rebekah Stern is passionate about equality. “Our society needs more equal opportunities for everyone,” she says. That’s one of the reasons Rebekah applied for—and was accepted into—the Teach for America program.
This June, Rebekah will begin training in Phoenix, Az., and soon after, will teach at an urban St. Louis elementary school. She will also work toward a master’s in elementary education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Rebekah thanks Carlow for providing a wealth of opportunities and for instilling a deep desire to make a difference. “Everybody here is so caring about student development and learning outside the classroom. A lot of schools aren’t like that,” she says.
While at Carlow, she served in student government, ran the Campus Activities Board
, helped start two mentoring programs—one for at-risk high school students and the other for first-year college students, and was actively involved in volunteer initiatives such as Fashions for Kids’ Sake and Alternative Spring Break
where she helped build homes with fellow students for Habitat for Humanity [photo below].
One of the classes she taught as a First Year Mentor to freshmen delved into diversity, inclusiveness, and understanding differences. “A lot of eyes were opened,” she recalls.
Rebekah also emphasizes the importance of the school’s Pittsburgh location.
“It definitely helped to be in the city,” she says. “My friends at more rural schools don’t have the same opportunities because they are not available. I can do anything I want down here.”