Mariah Martin

  • Bachelor of Education (Special Education)

Why did you choose to study at Monash University?

"My desire to be an educator means to not only have a passion and desire to work with children but to become an influential role model that can make a positive impact in children's lives. I have always known I wanted to be a teacher but I am constantly changing my mind as to what age group I want to teach. I chose Monash University as it not only provides global recognition in education and global placement opportunities, it also opens pathways to various teaching opportunities, enabling me the choice to teach in a mainstream primary and secondary setting and special education setting."

Highlights of your time at Monash University?

"The O-week camp is a fun and easy way to meet new people. Many of my friends I met during this camp.
Co-ordinating and running the interactive activities for visiting year 10 students as part of the ambassador program is the most fun and engaging experience I had in 2014. Creating a lesson plan and partially following it and adapting the presentation to suit the needs of the students was an eye opening experience. Especially when my first group of students started to antagonise one another to win the game."

How has your course best prepared you for employment?

"The tutorials are interactive and give students the chance to view content in a learner's perspective. Knowing how your students learn will better prepare me when creating lesson plans and when engaging students in content."

Advice to future students?

"Stress is normal and an active part of being a university student. Learn how to minimise stress in a way that best suits your needs. Learn your campus. Get to know your lecturers and tutors. Make friends. Try not to procrastinate too much. But most importantly know when to relax and have fun."