Emma Herzog

Class of 2010

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI 

What was your College Scholar project?
I used the College Scholar program to study Social Constructions of Time. I was interested in how different cultures understand the notion of time and how that understanding permeates the rituals of their daily lives. My thesis was a micro-ethnographic exploration of student cafes in Sevilla, Spain. I looked at how time, space, and behavior come together to form the unique atmosphere that is the sevillano student cafe. Coursework in Anthropology, Spanish, and History played a central role in the development of my ideas. The title of my thesis was, "The Culture of the Sevillano Student Cafe."

What are you doing now?
After graduation, I joined Teach For America. I taught bilingual first grade (Spanish/English) in San Antonio, TX, for two years with TFA and then stayed in my placement for a third year. While in San Antonio, I became the bilingual lead teacher for my elementary school. I also coached new teachers and led professional development for TFA. I left Texas to attend Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where I got my Master's of Education in School Leadership. I am now the principal of an elementary school in Waltham, Mass.

How do you think your experience as a College Scholar has shaped your life or your career? Are there ways that you have applied the skills/knowledge/life lessons you learned as a College Scholar throughout your life?
Being a College Scholar taught me how to think. It taught me how to take ideas from different disciplines, connect them, and apply them in new ways. It taught me how to think critically, and even though I'm now in a different field, I use those skills every day!