My professors care about my journey

NAME: Amber Martenson
HOMETOWN: Gilman, Iowa
MAJORS: Art education

INVOVLEMENT ON CAMPUS: Dance Marathon, National Society of Leadership and Success

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: When I first stepped on campus, I felt that I was home. It just felt right when I was walking around campus, and I knew that the education department and all of the professors would care about my journey.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I have always had a passion for art, and I love helping others grow, so I knew that art education was a great fit. I knew that I would be able to share my love and passion for art with students who are also passionate and wanting to grow.  

HOW HAS WARTBURG SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR FIELD: The art and education departments are filled with a small group of professors who know and care about all of their students. The education department also provides great opportunities to get a lot of observation hours in an actual classroom to make sure education is a good fit for you.

HOW HAS ART PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE: Art has helped me learn more about myself. Through my artistic expression, I am able to share my view of the world with others.

Amber Martenson

WHY IS ART AN IMPORTANT PART OF A CHILD’S EDUCATION: Having art in education as children grow helps them think creatively within all subjects. Without art, students would not be able to have a balanced education that places importance on creative thinking and expression. Having a strong art program gives students an outlet to be expressive and share their knowledge and views in a different way.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: My favorite memories at Wartburg are participating in my first Dance Marathon big event and planning this year’s big event. I also loved planning Child Health Day for Dance Marathon and seeing the impact this organization can have in one day.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: Wartburg is worth it because I am surrounded by people and professors who care about me and my journey. I am able to be involved in multiple organizations and events on campus and still follow my calling. Attending Wartburg has allowed me to get connected with so many people and opportunities that will further my career and future.