Scholar Spotlight: Mackenzie Wisneski
Bright Scholar at the University of Northern Iowa
Mackenzie Wisneski is a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Spanish Teaching major. She attends the University of Northern Iowa and is expected to graduate in May of 2023.
What is the most interesting thing you have done or are planning to do to explore or gain experience in your career field?
The most interesting thing I have done in preparation for teaching is become a substitute teacher. There was so great a need for substitute teachers during the 2020 – 2021 school year that an addendum was made to the initial requirements for substitutes, changing the minimum age from 21 to 20 years old. I was fortunate enough to begin subbing right after I turned 20, and because of that, I have already accumulated more experience in schools than most pre-service teachers.
How are you sharing your time and/or talents with others now? How do you hope to do so in the future?
I spend much of my time outside of class working with students. I substitute teach for two school districts, tutor collegiate athletes at UNI, and tutor high school students in the Cedar Valley area through UNI Classic Upward Bound. I hope to continue these positions throughout the upcoming year, and I am exploring additional opportunities to participate in mentorship and teaching opportunities involving robotics and art.
What has been your biggest challenge since starting college?
My biggest challenge in college has been saying “no.” When I arrived on campus, it was so easy to be charmed by the amazing people and endless opportunities. However, I learned that it is important to find a balance between personal care and involvement. I struggled with this my first few years at UNI, but I now remind myself that there will always be opportunities for academic and career development – I don’t need to take them all on at once!
What’s the best food on campus?
Piazza’s cereal selection is superior, but Rialto’s boss bowls cure all. Truly, the best food on campus is whatever is closest at the end of a long day.
What’s a fun fact we should know about you?
I have memorized the entire script and choreography to Teen Beach Movie… it was a weird phase :)