As author James Baldwin wrote in 1963, "The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself." For WGU mentor Margaret Woodward, the education students receive at Western Governors University fulfills that purpose in unique and meaningful ways.
The quote is Margaret’s favorite about education. And it’s a quote that certainly rings true for the independent learners at WGU. Through the diverse learning resources and student-centric approach to learning the core subject-matter competencies in each course, WGU students are not just learning – they’re learning how they best learn, and it’s a lesson that sticks with them through life.
Margaret, a student mentor in the WGU online Teachers College, has done more than just "look at the world" for herself – she’s explored it. Originally from a small town in New Jersey and currently an Arizonan, she has traveled through Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean, and has lived in Nairobi, Kenya.
For Margaret, learning is an exercise for mind, body, and soul – so it’s no surprise that she’s also a yogi who practices Bikram yoga regularly and has earned a silver medal for completing a Bikram challenge.
That’s right, Bikram – the yoga discipline that’s centered on sweat. It’s hard work, not unlike the metaphorical sweat Margaret’s WGU students invest in their educations. She takes great pride in helping her students put that sweat equity to good use.
"Although the university continues explosive growth, it’s great to feel truly connected to an outstanding team,” she says – a team whose guiding purpose is “to think about what best serves our students."
Margaret has a master’s degree in Business Education from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Rider University.
Is Margaret your mentor, or do you want to share words of praise for your own mentor? We’d love to hear your thoughts – please leave a comment letting us know how your WGU mentor is helping you learn to look at the world for yourself.And meet Margaret and other WGU mentors in the WGU Student Source electronic newsletter.