Graduation Reflections: Siena Traverso

Graduation Reflections: Siena Traverso

October 9, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Looking back to when I got that
acceptance letter, I knew this was the next step to becoming a teacher. When I was young, my teachers made me feel safe, welcome and comfortable. As I got older, I remembered their care and their warmth, and I wanted to give that to others. I came into UW thinking that I knew
what it meant to be a teacher, but I’m leaving with a whole new understanding of what it means to teach. Stepping onto campus felt like home. The brick buildings, trees and flowers and nature… I remember typing pages and pages of
research papers, taking notebooks full of notes during class. As the years passed, and I watched the cherry blossoms come and go, I knew that I was getting one
step closer to becoming a teacher. The learning process is challenging, exhausting, fulfilling, worthwhile… The struggle helped me to persevere, helped me to remember why I’m here in the first place. I’ve learned the
importance of understanding myself and how that will impact my teaching in the classroom. I’m prepared to think critically. Standing here at graduation I
know I’m ready for any challenge that might come next. I’ve been waiting for 15
years. I’m ready to go out into the world and start my next chapter.