Living the Wartburg mission in her own classroom

NAME: Mollie Emerson 

CLASS YEAR: 2016 

MAJOR: Music education 

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: 5-12 band director, Jesup Community School District

WHY WARTBURG: I heard about the high placement rates for music education jobs following graduation and that the ensembles were known all over the world. Every Wartburg professor I interacted with during high school made sure that all my experiences were positive.

HOW DID YOUR WARTBURG EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE: My major courses were integrated with real-life experiences. Within my first couple of weeks as a first-year student, I was already out in a classroom observing and interacting with teachers in my field, which helped solidify my decision to go into education. My professors also had worked in all types of education positions before becoming college professors. That ability to replicate real-life experience with some assistance was a highlight for me looking back. I have used those experiences in my own classroom and have had positive outcomes.

Mollie Emerson

HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED TO THE COLLEGE: Christmas with Wartburg is a must-see show every year, especially having been in the performance all four years as a student. During the summer, I come back as a staff member for the high school band camp and get to show students a little glimpse of what a Wartburg education is like for a week.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG TRADITION: Outfly! I was on orientation staff for a couple of years, and I always enjoyed running through the hallways to wake everyone up. Now that I’ve graduated, I still celebrate Outfly with my students, and we have a fun day in class. They love it as much as I do.

HOW DO YOU LIVE OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: As an educator, it has been a smooth transition from fulfilling the mission on campus to my own classroom. To educate is to help another work through challenges in their own lives. I have found that living out the Wartburg mission comes with trying to make the world a more positive place.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: Wartburg gave me the tools to open up and do what I wanted. I became a better musician and developed more personal skills. I could be involved in a lot of things on campus, which helped me become a well-rounded individual that was appealing to my future employers.