Nora Ellen Wadford
From: I’m from Macon, but I grew up going to school in Gray, Georgia.
Major/internship/plans: Elementary Music Education. I have been student teaching at Gray Elementary this semester, and I’m really enjoying it. After graduation, I hope to find an Elementary (K-5) level job and start teaching!
Activities: Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity and Collegiate National Association for Music Educators.
Why Georgia College: Georgia College is my mom’s Alma Mater, so I always heard good things about it from her. All of the student teachers I had through elementary, middle and high school were from Georgia College, and I always admired them. I also heard good things about both the music and education programs, so I knew coming here with the major I had in mind would be perfect for me.
Favorite class and why? One of my favorite classes I took was the Elementary Techniques class. We learned lesson planning and teaching techniques that would aid us should we get a job at that level. Elementary music is my concentration, so I had fun diving in to that class.
Favorite professor and why? Of all the professors I’ve worked with at Georgia College, and especially in the music department, three stand out to me. Dr. Holmes-Davis, Dr. Flory and Dr. Gorzelany-Mostak have consistently supported me in any way they could. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They helped me stay on track to graduate in four years and have even been a shoulder to cry on when I needed it. It’s not often that you find teachers at the collegiate level, who care so genuinely for their students. I was lucky to have them in my time here.
How did you change in college? College, especially my junior year, has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Looking back at my four years here, I see how much knowledge I've gained in my field, how much more passionate I am now and how much stronger and much more determined I've become. If I can get through every challenge the past four years has thrown at me, I can get through anything.
What advice would you give incoming students? Coming to college is hard, but Georgia College will become home. You’re probably going to face some of the most difficult and taxing classes, projects and assignments that you've ever experienced in the next four years but don't give up! Talk to your professors and your classmates for help and support. Most importantly, take care of yourself and take some ‘me time’ when you need it. You're going to love being a Bobcat!