Heading into her final semester at NC State, Goodnight Scholar Olivia Chiott ’22 is ready to completely immerse herself in the life of a teacher. The Mathematics in Secondary Education major described her upcoming student teacher professional semester as “daunting,” but also expressed that she could not be more thrilled to be in the classroom element. Read more about this impressive senior in our latest Goodnight Scholars Program student spotlight.
Goodnight Scholars Program: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Olivia Chiott ’22: My name is Olivia Chiott, I am from Pfafftown, NC and I am a Mathematics in Secondary Education Major at NCSU. I am originally from Vermont but have been in NC for most of my life, and plan to stick around as a teacher after graduating in Spring ‘22. I love to crochet, knit, and read. Some of my favorite books are The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and Where the Crawdads sing.
If you had to summarize your personality in one sentence, what would it say?
I’m a person who loves to see other people smile, and sometimes make them laugh.
How are you feeling going into your last semester of senior year?
I know that for almost every education major, heading into my professional semester as a student teacher is incredibly daunting. I know that I will be very busy and it will be a lot of work, but I am very excited to have the opportunity to completely immerse myself in the life of a teacher. I think I will be in my element and really enjoy what I do, and for that I am very excited.
Looking a semester down the road, what will you be most proud of as you walk across the graduation stage?
The thing I am most proud of from my time at NCSU is the time I spent working with students at Mount Vernon Middle School, as well as being a Mentor in the Goodnight Scholars Program. One of the things that I like most in life is helping others navigate through transitions and learn new things, and I was not only able to do that through the Mentor program, but also meet other scholars and students in our community.
What is your favorite memory from the Goodnight Scholars Program?
My favorite memory from the Goodnight Scholars Program has to be the Senior retreat. Even after spending over a year apart, my class came back together seamlessly for a period of reflection, togetherness, and new experiences. I felt connected to my peers and an immense gratitude for those who brought us together and the opportunity to see how far we have come. I am so proud of every one of my fellow scholars.
What has it meant to you being a part of the Goodnight Scholars Program?
Every time I’m asked about my college experience, or what the best part of being at NCSU is, I instantly say the Goodnight Scholars Program. Being part of this community has meant that I instantly got a group to be a part of, opportunities for new experiences and giving back to the community, and a sense of pride every time I think about my college experience. There is nothing that can compare to what it has meant to be a Goodnight Scholar, and I am forever grateful to be a part of it.