When other fellow education majors at Saginaw Valley State University confer with her on an assignment, Kaitlyn Farley shares the field work notes from her Introduction to Education course at Macomb.
“Macomb has helped me in so many ways,” says Farley. “Not only in the amount of resources it provided but in the wide variety of things available on campus. I loved to go the MMII (Macomb Multicultural International Initiatives) programs. Seriously, I would take any opportunity I could to go to them.”
Farley enrolled at Macomb in eleventh grade as part of the Early College of Macomb program, which is offered in partnership with the Macomb Intermediate School District. She took as many of her general education courses as she could before transferring into Saginaw Valley as a junior.
“When my high counselor told me about it, I thought, ‘Wow, this is really a great opportunity,’” says Farley, who was able to attend Macomb free through the program. “I knew early on that I was interested in pursuing a degree in secondary education, but I couldn’t afford to go away to school for four years.”
In addition to her studies at Saginaw, Farley is also the paid arts and entertainment editor for The Valley Vanguard, the student newspaper. In a recent column, she responded in print to a few professors who had questioned the quality of the education she had received at a community college and the transferability of the credits she had earned.
“No, community colleges aren’t less academically rigorous. The hardest college classes I have taken were at MCC. And…all my credits transferred and counted toward my degree,” wrote Farley. “So, no, professors, I do not regret earning my associate degree first. In fact, in many ways, I still feel far more connected to MCC than I do to SVSU.”
And part of that connection was an extremely enjoyable “but definitely challenging” Western Civilization class at Macomb that prompted her to change her secondary education focus from English to history.
“I will be subbing in some districts in May and hope that I can teach at a middle or high school in the metro Detroit area after I graduate in 2019,” says Farley. “Because I’ve had such a great experience with past teachers, including the ones I had at Macomb, I can’t wait to pay it forward.”