Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Laura Peters

Every internship and position I’ve gotten has been at least in part due to a Wheaton alum stepping up to help me.My Wheaton education: The chance to explore and innovate in such a safe community was a unique opportunity that has shaped who I am now. I was given the opportunity to lead groups of my peers as a senior preceptor, work one-on-one with a professor in an independent study (thanks Professor Searles!), and help to design and implement two January freshman orientations. To come away from undergrad with these experiences under my belt is incredible.

Favorite memory: Jumping in the pond with my best friends after our senior year Chapel Ceremony. It was so slimy!

First job after graduation: I am currently a corps member in City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. During the day, I tutor 6th – 8th grade students in literacy and math, as well as run after school programs that include homework help and academic enrichment clubs.

The rewards: The students, hands down. My students have seen and gone through so much, yet they are incredibly strong and passionate young people. My goal is to prove to each and every one of them that they have the ability to succeed, and to provide them with the tools they need to do so.

Secret to success: Perseverance and Wheaton connections! Every internship and position I’ve gotten has been at least in part due to a Wheaton alum stepping up to help me.

Proudest accomplishments: Graduating from Wheaton as the first ever Dance Studies major and getting accepted into Teach for America.

Next step, Teach for America: I developed a passion for education and multicultural psychology during my time at Wheaton (thanks Professors Peony Fhagen-Smith and Kirsten Olson!). When I was accepted as a City Year corps member, I knew that I was signing up for a challenging year. What I didn’t expect was to fall so madly in love with my students that they would inspire me to continue working for them beyond my single year of service. Although I have been passionate about educational equity for a number of years, never before did I realize the magnitude of our country’s crisis. I don’t just want to be involved in the solution; I want to be the solution.

For the next two years, I’ll be teaching special education in the Bay Area of California as a Teach for America corps member. I am thrilled to have been chosen for this position, and am excited to take this next step in my pursuit of educational equity for all students in America.