Graduate Spotlight: Mary Sedyame

a woman wearing a black dress, orange stole and graduation cap stands in front of the Tift College of Education building
Mary Sedyame. Photo courtesy Mary Sedyame

Mary Sedyame graduated from Mercer University’s Tift College of Education with a Bachelor of Science in Education in elementary and special education.

What are your plans after graduation?

I truly cannot believe I am finally here! I will be teaching at one of the best elementary schools in Newton County — Newton County STEAM Academy, where I actually graduated from high school before they turned it into where my boys go to school now. I will be teaching second grade.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Sylvia Cain, professor of teacher education. She is an amazing professor. I like the way she engaged her students in her classes.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

My favorite Mercer memory is bonding with (my classmates) on how passionate we are about education and coming together to make difference.

What was your favorite class and why?

Student teaching was my favorite because I was able to start on my actual profession. My supervisor pushed me, and I greatly appreciate him for it!

How do you plan on changing the world?

I can change the world by inspiring my students to think critically, fostering empathy and understanding, and promoting lifelong learning. I can encourage them to question, explore and create positive change in their communities. I hope my passion for teaching can ignite a spark in my students that ripples out into the world.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

My advice would be to embrace the experience with an open mind and a willingness to learn and grow. Take advantage of opportunities for personal and academic growth, such as joining clubs, seeking internships and engaging with professors. Manage your time wisely, prioritize self-care and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed. Remember that college is not just about academics; it’s also about discovering yourself, building relationships and preparing for your future.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer is special to me because I now have a career. I am 33, and I am finally here!

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