Student Spotlight: Alicia Khedari

Student Spotlight: Alicia Khedari

By Alicia Khedari

Alicia Khedari is in her first year of the Master of Science in Education Program at Northwestern, coming to us from her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. Alicia provides a unique insight into what it's like to join Northwestern's MSEd program as an international student, and describes what she learned so far. 

Q: What makes you want to be a teacher? Was there a particular teacher who inspired you in school?

My background is actually in mass communications. I came into teaching as a career change. I have always been fascinated by the power words and stories hold in shaping social and political change. I got to experience first hand the influence of a voice addressing the masses through the media. But I felt the conversation was one-sided, and lacked a long-lasting impact. On the other hand, through teaching high school students I found I could open new conversations with those who will one day become the movers and shakers of this world. By leveraging their voices in my English classes, I feel I am contributing more to my community and society than ever before.

Q: Why did you choose Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Education Program?

I chose Northwestern University because I wanted an educational experience that exposed me to spearheading research and innovation. In this sense, MSEd is at the forefront of its field and continuously encourages all of its students to find answers to their most pressing questions. The small size of the MSEd program allows us to truly learn from each other and receive the very best our faculty has to offer. It also allows us students the possibility to connect with communities in a way that immensely enriches our individual perspectives of education.

Q: Tell us about your experience in the MSEd program as an international student.

As an international student, I have felt that the MSEd program at Northwestern University was the perfect fit for me! My experience in the classroom is that our faculty mentors us by building knowledge with us, considering our diverse backgrounds and taking into account how different our personal teaching experiences are. My classmates and professors have always made me feel that my international background just adds richness to the woven fabric of the SESP community. It made adapting to a foreign country and culture all the more enjoyable!

Q: What are your career goals for after Northwestern?

I am looking forward to going back to the classrooms, as an English high school teacher! Since educational policy is an area that interests me greatly, I might pursue further education at Northwestern.

Q: Do you have any advice for future teachers or those thinking about teaching as a career?

I, like many of my classmates, came into teaching as a career change. Most of us came from different backgrounds such as law, communication and engineering, but the one unifying factor we share is an unbridled passion for teaching. It is without a doubt a challenging profession, but one worth the fight. I can only describe it a the most gratifying and fulfilling experience of my life. If there is any advice I can give someone who has this vocation, it is not to wait any longer: now is the time to do it!

Q: What is the sense of community like in the MSEd program at Northwestern? With students? With professors and staff?

One of the things I enjoy the most about the MSEd program at Northwestern is the feeling that I am not just one of thousands of anonymous students, but rather that I have a personal rapport with my classmates and faculty. I find this to be enriching and motivating, and it certainly helps build a sense of identity and belonging. I am incredibly proud to say I am part of MSEd and Northwestern!

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