Stellar Students: Jocelyn Foshay ’17

Stellar Students: Jocelyn Foshay ’17


– My name is Jocelyn Foshay.
I am a senior from Ayer, Massachusetts,
double majoring in History
and Secondary Education.
When I talk about my
overall academic experience
at Guilford, the phrase I
like to use is I’ve always
felt challenged yet supported.
There has never been a
class that I’ve taken
that there hasn’t been
some element of challenge.
At the same time, I’ve never
felt like I’ve been left
stranded, that I’ve taken
on a class and just been
overwhelmed and not
able to handle the work.
I’ve always known I wanted to teach,
it was just a question of
what do I want to teach,
so coming in to Guilford,
I was pretty unsure.
I actually came in as a
math major and secondary ed,
but I realized what I liked about history
was it helps people understand
what’s happening currently.
So when my students ask me
questions like why hasn’t
the water crisis in
Flint, Michigan been solved,
I can link that back to
systemic racism and teach them
so that way they have a
really baseline understanding
to understand current events.
During my almost four
years at Guilford College,
I have been lucky enough
to both study abroad
and complete a number of
internships both in Greensboro
and other places in the country.
I like to say that at Guilford,
you have to actively try
not to be involved.
It is mega easy to get involved
in clubs, organizations,
events, student groups,
anything across the board.
Part of that comes from
being this small community
where you really can’t hide. People will know who you are.
So as graduation is sneaking
up on me, I’m thinking
about what I’m gonna do
when I graduate.
I am applying right now
to teaching jobs abroad,
primarily in Central and South America.
My goal is to go there,
teach for a few years,
come back to the states and teach in
the public school system.
Eventually, I would
like to go back and get
my master’s degree in Secondary
Education Administration,
so working in the principal
superintendent level
is my goal.
I’m Jocelyn Foshay, and this
is my Guilford College story.
(tranquil guitar music)

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