Graduate Spotlight: Erik Brown

Erik Brown wears graduation cap, gown and cords
Erik Brown. Photo courtesy Erik Brown

Erik Brown is graduating from Mercer University‘s College of Education with a Bachelor of Science in Education in elementary/special education.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan on starting my career as an elementary school teacher. I have already accepted a job offer, and I am excited to teach and see how far I can go in the field of education.

What was your favorite class and why?

I have so many, but my favorite class would have to be Intervention Strategies for Learners with Special Needs. This was by far one of the most challenging classes I had. Working with the simulation students really tested my skills as an educator. It taught me how to be prepared for any and everything.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

You’re going to enjoy being a Bear. Your professors are there to help. Pace yourself! The classes go by quickly. I was a student at the Henry County Regional Academic Center, and my classes only lasted eight weeks. It can be overwhelming at first, but as long as you set time aside and stick to a schedule, it will begin to get manageable.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Everything I learned in my education classes I was able to apply in the real world. I am a paraprofessional in an elementary school, so to see the real world application of an instructional practice or a method of assessing my students is very valuable. I am able to take those skills and find what works best for my students.

What makes Mercer special to you?

The connections I made with my colleagues, professors and faculty members. I felt welcomed at Mercer.

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