Rebecca Meinema is a current undergraduate at Ashford University, where she is studying Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education and Reading.
Rebecca first visited Ashford’s Clinton, IA campus while she was still in high school. She says, “After going on my tour and getting all of my questions answered by the guide, I knew I wanted to come here. I am so glad I checked it out because I love it! I have really enjoyed attending different sports events, dances, and floor socials.” Rebecca also participates in Clinton campus-organized volleyball and bowling intramurals and is a representative on Hall Council. In addition, she is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and a member of the Dean’s List.
Rebecca praises Ashford’s professors for always being available and for making her feel comfortable asking questions in and out of the classroom. She says, “It’s the style I hope to emulate as a future teacher. I plan to use my degree to teach special education students, and I hope to inspire children to appreciate education the same way I do.”
As a future teacher, Rebecca hopes to guide students and help them grow and mature into strong future leaders. She anticipates that her courses at Ashford will provide the confidence and knowledge necessary for her to inspire, train, and teach students who are physically and mentally challenged, saying, “I feel Ashford is the place that will prepare me to achieve these goals.”
Rebecca was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to the United States when she was five. She lived in Michigan and Illinois before moving to Iowa to attend Ashford. She credits most of her success to her parents, saying, “They have always been supportive of me throughout my life, and they help guide me to becoming the best I can be. I am very thankful for all they did to help me come here.”
When she is not in class or studying, Rebecca likes going for runs around Clinton campus, hanging out with her friends, watching movies, relaxing, and attending Clinton campus events. She plans to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in 2015.