I have a bachelors degree from Westminster as well as an M.Ed. and I loved both of my experiences there. I especially loved my time getting my master and my teacher certification. The professors were great; when I graduated, I felt like I was leaving some dear friends behind me. The professors really did go out of their way to help me succeed in my program. I also feel like I learned so much about how to be a great teacher. I liked that I had the opportunity to earn my ESL endorsement at the same time I was working on my Master degree. That has really been helpful for me in my career. If you are planning on going to Westminster, don't be scared away by the high cost; it was well worth it to me to pay so much for an excellent college education instead of going to a state school or university. The campus is fantastic--and small! It literally only takes minutes to go from one end of campus to another. Also, the library is amazing. It has so many places where you can hide and study and it has so many computers available to its students. Another perk is the availability of a lot of great online databases to use for research. I never had to go up to the intimidating university library (and pay for parking) in order to do the research for my master's project. That's another thing that is great about the school: instead of spending a year writing a thesis that you will never think about again, we were directed to do Action Research projects instead. So, we took the research we did and actually applied it to our classrooms! My project is more than a book bound with someone else's theories with my own opinions thrown in; it is a reflection of something that I actually tried in my class. Doing the action research project helped me have the desire to do more research in my classroom, and that is what teaching should be about. I loved this school and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a personalized education, small classes, friendly professors, and the ability to get to your classes on time without driving or taking the shuttle.
When P.T. Barnum donated money to Tufts University, he did so on the condition that the school's mascot be named after his beloved elephant. The Tufts University mascot has been the "Jumbos" ever since.
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