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Becca Payne

Algonquin, Ill.

Majors in Elementary Education
Active in Campus Ministry
Not a fan of math

What she loves about St. Ambrose

"There is so much to do here. And it is a really pretty campus."

In her own words

Why St. Ambrose?

I wanted a small school, and I love that it is a Catholic school because I was in public school my whole life. So I wanted a change of pace. Also, a private school gives me a small number of people in the classroom and that makes my life a lot easier. I work better in small groups.

Can you name a faculty member who has challenged you and how?

Dr. Tonya Volkova for Math 210. I have never been good at math and I hated it. I took all the math I needed in high school so I wouldn't have to take any here. But then I went into the education field, and I thought, "No, just kidding. I have to take more math." I had a really rough time for the first couple of weeks. I was really worried, but I went to Dr. Volkova after the first test and she helped me through it. I ended up with a B-.

What does St. Ambrose offer that is essential to your field of study?

The Education program is amazing here. You learn a variety of ways to write lesson plans because you never know what format your district will want you to use. I am also a Catholic Studies minor. There are so many opportunities with any field at St. Ambrose to go and study abroad. I look forward to going to Italy my senior year.

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