Try as you might, you would be hard put to find a student on campus whose agenda is packed tighter than that of senior Cara Brooks. The psychology major is the president of both the Lycoming Buddies club, which provides social opportunities for people with disabilities, and the Lycoming chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, a pre-professional organization for future educators.
In addition, Brooks is the vice president of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, and a member of five other honor societies. If that weren’t enough, while maintaining a demanding academic schedule, Brooks works with special needs and other children at the Hope Preschool, and as a liaison for the psychology department she gives orientation tours and talks to potential students visiting campus.
Brooks is the recipient this year of both the Mark G. Beals Endowed Scholarship and the Laura A. Sechrist Endowed Scholarship. “I am so grateful for these awards,” said Brooks, who will be graduating in the spring with her bachelor’s degree, along with teaching certificates in both early education and special education. “They have made it possible for me to be here.”
The Dallastown native revealed she only applied to one college: Lycoming. “I loved the campus and the location, and even as a senior I still find new places and meet new people. I appreciate the friendliness and helpfulness that I am greeted with everyday from professors, staff and students, and I love the little things in life that you find at Lycoming, a college I am proud to attend.”
As she prepares for a career in teaching, Brooks will be interning at Joinder, an early intervention program for children, and observing in local classrooms. “I can’t say it enough. These generous awards are making my dream of a career working with children a reality.”