By Christina Depweg
Part of In Their Own Words, USC Rossier’s series of student blog posts
With the start of my program in the past couple weeks, I have tried to get out into the Los Angeles area and explore what this beautiful city has to offer!
I went on a hike near Studio City, at a canyon called Runyon. Once you climbed for a bit, there was a GORGEOUS view of the whole LA valley and Hollywood! It was absolutely breathtaking. I love being able to access such beautiful nature right from the city. And the best thing? It is free!!!
This hike was a great way for me to reflect on my life here in LA so far. I just moved down here from Monterey, CA, and never really had a chance to take a breath and reflect. I was a bit nervous about the infamous traffic, location of the program, and my placement for student teaching and observation. Next week, I start my observation at Carson High School. For this summer term’s observation, we are placed at a high school or middle school by our placement coordinator, Debra Solorzano-Madrid. Over three weeks, we have to observe two (2) hour sessions in a classroom, one (1) hour session of student interactions before school and after school, and one (1) hour session in the teacher’s lounge and front office. I am so excited to start my observations and to get into the actual school!
My name is Christina Depweg and I am in my first year at USC Rossier School of Education. I am in the MAT- Mathematics program and am absolutely loving it so far! I graduated this past May 2012 from California State University, Monterey Bay where I received my B.S. in Mathematics with an emphasis in Secondary Education, as well as a minor in Human Development. I have a passion for teaching and sharing my love of mathematics with adolescents, and I can not wait to get into the classroom and begin teaching my very own class!