My name is Mary Elizabeth, however, everyone calls me Mae (pronounced May). I'm currently a double major student at St. John's, pursing degrees in Philosophy and Anthropology, with minors in Art History and Ancient Studies. I grew up a bookworm; I spent ages hidden around my parents garden getting lost in books. That being said, this didn't always translate into me doing my best in classrooms. When I was younger, I was the student who was lost in their own world, not feeling motivated to excel in a classroom setting because it felt too stifling. Eventually, I had a teacher who understood that educating people isn't about a cookie cutter method of having students regurgitate information; it is about challenging them to engage in a thoughtful and meaningful way that will make them understand what the are learning, not just memorize a series of arbitrary facts. I have never been able to shake the motivational kick that my 4th grade teacher gave me and, since then, I have made it my goal to help motivate individuals who, like myself, didn't always feel the drive to reach their full potential.
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