A Look Inside Manufacturing

A Look Inside Manufacturing

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Akiko Colbert “And even though I lived at home and commuted to classes, I really wanted to apply myself and find opportunities to get involved.” Colbert did some background research on a sorority that she wanted to join — Kappa Delta Chi Inc. — and began serving as the chapter’s vice president soon after being initiated. She was president of the sorority in 2019 until her practice teaching semester began. “I chose middle school because I’ve worked with younger children so much. Both ages need extra nurturing — in pre-school and again in middle school, and I feel like I have that nurturing background,” Colbert says. It was in the midst of the practice teaching experience that Colbert realized she would rather work alongside students as a guidance counselor than be a teacher at the front of the classroom. “Middle school is tough because a lot of students need help to deal with things like peer pressure and social media,” she says. “I want to give them perspective and let them know that everything they learn in middle school will set them up for the rest of their life.” She’s planning to begin graduate studies in school counseling next summer and will continue to assist at her family’s child development center after graduation in December. In the meantime, she’s soaking up the final weeks of life as an undergraduate, an experience she says was fun and went by fast. “The highlight of my time at Carolina wasn’t any one thing but just being in the bubble of student life and hanging out with my people,” Colbert says.

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