Most people don’t pick their career path based on something they hate. UNI senior Abigail Hoffman did exactly that.
Hoffman, an All Social Science Teaching major, chose her major because she hated her high school social studies classes.
“If a history geek like me dislikes those classes, what are other students going to think of them?” said Hoffman. “I want to teach my classes so that history is interesting and relevant to my students. I know I won’t be able to do this all the time, but I think that it’s important to have social science teachers who feel this way about what they’re teaching.”
The Clive, Iowa, native chose the University of Northern Iowa because it offered an All Social Science Teaching major. She hopes to find a teaching position close to her hometown after graduation.
Besides studying to become a teacher, Hoffman is also involved in student organizations. She holds officer positions in both the UNI Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.
She serves as the national communications coordinator for RHA, where she writes legislation and other documents that the National Association of College and University Residence Halls need for the UNI RHA to be valid. She also coordinates conferences for delegates from UNI to attend to learn about programming that can be incorporated in residence halls. Hoffman is the vice president of Phi Sigma Pi, a general education honor fraternity. She manages the committee chairs and ensures the committees are able to plan successful events.
Hoffman’s participation in RHA and Phi Sigma Pi were made possible through scholarships. She is a recipient of the Alderman Scholarship.
“This scholarship has relieved a lot of stress for me,” said Hoffman. “I am financing all of my college education, and this has been very beneficial to have some of this burden taken off my shoulders. It has reinforced the importance of campus and community involvement for me. I have met so many people and had so many great experiences through my activities.”
In addition to her involvement in student organizations, Hoffman also works on-campus as a desk assistant in Panther Village.
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“Without the donations, many students – including myself – would not be able to have such a fulfilling experience at UNI,” said Hoffman. “We are all extremely grateful for donors’ kindnesses in allowing us to have the educational experience that we have. I know that I would not be able to do what I do without the scholarship I have.”