Takunia Collins - Recent Graduate

Takunia Collins - Recent Graduate

Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

Takunia Collins

Takunia Collins

Graduation Date: May 1, 2011
Major/Program: Secondary Education - English
Minors:Communications and Africana/Black Studies
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Why did you choose WMU?
I chose WMU because I knew it was an amazing school for those who wanted to be teachers. Also, when I applied to WMU I felt wanted, and on my visit I felt like part of the WMU family immediately.

Favorite aspect of the University: 
The staff/faculty has become a family to me over the years. Each of my professors and each advisor of mine has cared not only about my academic success but they have also made sure my success spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and professionally reached the full potential. Even at times when I didn’t have faith in myself, there were always teachers and professors to snap me back to reality.

What is the funniest thing you've witnessed at WMU?
The funniest thing I ever witnessed at WMU was during my freshman year. I used to work at the Cafeteria in the Valleys and one day we were serving chicken strips for dinner and German Chocolate Cake for dessert. Now, I’m used to seeing people pile up on food, but when I saw a guy grab two plates, one filled with chicken strips and the other with at least three pieces of cake, I couldn’t help but smile. When I asked him, “Where are the veggies?” it didn’t trigger to him that I was making a joke; pointing with a chicken strip “Over there.” Too funny.

Describe WMU in three words:
Inclusive, Intentional, Inspirational

Favorite faculty/staff member?   
I’ve got many faculty members who’ve made my time at WMU unforgettable. To name a few: Lynn Lee and the whole Office of Field Placement Staff, Michelle Cole, Karen Vocke, Ilana Nash, Patty Deloach, and Dr. Chad Edwards. Each of these people have impacted me not only through the classroom, but also challenged me to show my full potential.

Greatest accomplishment in life so far: 
My greatest accomplishment is tied between two things 1. Working with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools here in Kalamazoo, and 2. being the first of my father’s family to graduate College.

Favorite Movie:
No question, Under the Cherry Moon.

Favorite Kalamazoo Hangout:
Nothing beats hanging out with friends at Olde Peninsula

Favorite book:
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brian,
The Mental Machine by The Electrifying Mojo,
The Art of Loving Erich Fromm,
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to by Alex Haley,
And The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger.

Anything else:
WMU’s campus is one huge aspect that has made me stay. There was a night when I was having a hard time with things and I found myself walking around campus late one night, and I found myself standing in front of the library’s clock tower. Seeing the glow of the tower for some unknown reason reassured me that I was where I needed to be and never question it.


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