Lydia Anderson

Lydia Anderson is studying to become an elementary school teacher. When she isn't studying, Lydia enjoys attending workout classes, hanging out with friends, and eating at Pancheros.

Lydia Anderson follows childhood dream at ISU

Lydia Anderson has wanted to become a teacher for nearly her whole life.

Lydia realized she wanted to pursue teaching when she was in first grade. Lydia’s teacher helped foster her desire to teach by making her feel like a teacher during recess.

“I was pretty shy as a kid,” Lydia said. “I didn’t want to go out to recess. My first grade teacher would let me stay in, and I’d help put stickers on papers and erase the chalkboard.”

This experience sparked a passion in the classroom that would grow as Lydia did. From playing school as a first-grader to studying elementary education at Iowa State University, Lydia has come a long way since erasing the chalkboard.

Iowa State gets elementary education majors into local classrooms their very first year. Lydia has taken advantage of this opportunity to shadow professionals in their classrooms and get a real-world feel for teaching. She’s observed classes ranging from elementary to high school levels, but Lydia knows she wants to work with young kids.

“I like the younger grades. They’re full of curiosity, and they’re really excited about being in school," she said.

Along with her classwork, Lydia’s involvement as a College of Human Sciences Ambassador is preparing her to help positively influence and help others. She said that being an ambassador is largely meeting all different types of people and helping them feel confident in their education goals.

“My favorite thing [about being an ambassador] is when I meet someone in my major who’s thinking of coming to Iowa State,” Lydia said. “I get to learn about their goals and answer their questions. I also have learned a lot about thinking on the fly to answer people’s questions.”

Throughout the years, Lydia’s desire to become a teacher and help children has only grown stronger. Creating her own classroom has never been so close, and she’s glad she came to Iowa State to prepare for it.

“I definitely picked the right place to be,” Lydia said. “I’ve been set on becoming a teacher forever, and since coming here, I definitely feel supported. I get to use my passion and dreams in my classwork.”