Junior Amanda Majewski has a goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, and to help reach that, she's taking advantage of every opportunity she can to be around children.
This summer, the Peshtigo, Wis., native stayed in Sheboygan and split her time serving internships with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan and the Boys and Girls Club in Sheboygan Falls. The internships gave her a wide range of experiences that allowed her to put into practice what she's learning in the classroom.
At the Arts Center, she spent three days a week in the ARTery, a drop-in art-making studio for all ages, but especially kids. The space offers hands-on art projects inspired by the themes of the exhibitions on display.
"Some people will spend 10 minutes in there, some will spend an hour," Majewski said. "It was a great way to interact with people, but especially kids."
Majewski also helped with a JMKAC art camp for two weeks as a teacher's aide, and she led the Arts Center's involvement in the Sheboygan Fourth of July parade. For that, she helped develop a flag project that invited people to make any type of flag they wanted and walk with the JMKAC group in the parade with their flag.
"I spent a lot of time communicating with families, working with kids and learning ways to come up with art activities for kids," Majewski said. "I really enjoyed it."
JMKAC Community Arts Residency Coordinator Craig Grabhorn said Majewski was a dynamic addition to the team.
"Amanda was a great support to our programming and a valuable resource when exploring summer projects in the ARTery at JMKAC," Grabhorn said. "She was motivated to learn and was up for any challenge, which is exactly what our team needs when we are in the depths of our summer programs."
Majewski spent two days a week at the Boys and Girls Club, splitting her time between the front desk, art room and activity room. She was tasked with making activity plans for the two rooms for different age groups.
"I like being around younger kids," she said. "They have a mind of their own, and they think of things you would never think of. They're excited to do things. You can learn from them."
Aside from her coursework, Majewski is a member of Lakeland's women's basketball team, a student leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and a member of Lakeland's Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
She came to Lakeland after being recruited to play basketball and she intended to major in exercise science, but switched to education because she felt a calling.
"I enjoy building relationships with kids," Majewski said. "At the Boys and Girls Club, one of my favorite things when I go to work is they yell your name because they're excited to see you and they come give you a hug. I want to help make a difference in their lives."