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Important life priorities led to GSU

Graduate Profile: Zoie Langlois

Zoie Langlois

Staying close to home and playing collegiate soccer while also preparing to become a teacher were top priorities for Zoie Langlois. Now she’s ready to attain her goal of teaching at an elementary school. 

As Langlois graduates with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she reflects on her decision to attend Governors State University (GSU) and her journey to prepare for a career in education.

GSU Newsroom: What attracted you to Governors State? 

Langlois: I chose GSU because I wanted an affordable school relatively close to home since my family is a huge part of my life. I also chose GSU because I could continue my athletic career in soccer. I've played soccer since I was 3-years-old, so I’m grateful that I was able to continue my love for the game at the collegiate level. In fact, I was the first athlete to sign my letter of intent to start the soccer program (both women’s and men’s) at GSU in 2019.

GSU Newsroom: Top two GSU experiences (or professors) and why? 

Langlois: During freshman year in my Writing Studies class, I was chosen to read my “Curious Campus” story. Along with four other students, I was recorded on video reading my story in the media room. It was such a cool experience writing a script and learning about the video process. I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn about another major.

I also had great experiences with the professors in the education department. Professors Cunningham, Pennington, She, Dalrymple, and Sandrick all provided exceptional courses that continue to inspire me and my goals in education. They shared their firsthand experiences, both good and bad. In addition, their mentorship and feedback helped us grow into the people (and teachers) we are today. I’m really thankful for everything they’ve done!

GSU Newsroom: How did GSU make your dreams come true?

Langlois: GSU provided courses that I can honestly say helped prepare me for teaching. Although some of the classes were rigorous, they taught me exactly what I needed for my profession. My friends from other universities said they didn’t feel like they were being set-up for success the way I was. This made me thankful for my decision to stay at Governors State all four years. 

GSU Newsroom: What’s your advice for current and future GSU students? 

Langlois: Make connections with your peers for talking, studying and even venting about the courses you’re taking. I was lucky to have a support system with a great group of people to share my experiences with!

GSU Newsroom: What’s next after graduation?

Langlois: I am currently applying for a teaching position. I would love to stay in the lower elementary grades like first or second. I finished my student teaching in a first-grade classroom and I absolutely loved it! I was very fortunate to have such an amazing experience.