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Meet Tyger | Highlander Blog

April 12, 2019

About Tyger

Hi there! My name is Tyger Doell, and I’m very excited to be sharing my experiences with you. I’m a double major in Inclusive Adolescence Education and English, and I’m going to be graduating this May. I completed my student teaching last semester, and I’m hoping to take what I’ve learned at Houghton and move on to teach either special education or English at the middle- or high-school level. I’m very excited to see where God takes me.

Beyond the Classroom

Outside of academics, I really enjoy reading and writing for fun. I especially love poetry, and I’m even an editor for Houghton’s literary magazine, The Lanthorn. Besides writing poetry, I write all kinds of things including reviews, feature articles and opinion pieces, all of which I’ve written for our campus newspaper, The STAR. In terms of reading, I really like science fiction, but I’ll read anything that my friends recommend to me.

When I’m not doing something literary, I enjoy taking walks out around Houghton’s extensive hiking trails or traveling to local places like Letchworth or Moss Lake to venture out. Another way I like to keep active and healthy is by going to the Martial Arts Club, which is held on campus every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It’s a great stress reliever, and I’ve been learning a lot. I’m also currently teaching myself ukulele; it’s slow going, but I’m hoping to be able to learn enough to play some of my favorite songs before long.

A Funny Thing Happened…

My story of coming to Houghton is a funny one. Both of my parents attended Houghton, so, when it came time for me to choose a college, I told myself that I would never even think about coming here. They insisted that I at least take a tour of the campus before ruling it out completely, and, eventually, they convinced me. On my campus visit, the warm, friendly atmosphere caught hold of me, and I began to really feel like God was calling me to go to Houghton. As I passed the chapel, there was a group of students sitting on the steps singing worship songs, and I pictured myself sitting there with my friends doing the same. I immediately decided that I was going to Houghton, and the rest is history!

An Experiential Experience

I’ve had such a blast at Houghton, but one of my favorite parts has been the ways the college gets students involved in experiential learning. As an education major, I’ve spent a lot of time in schools interacting with students and teachers, which prepared me for my student teaching experience. My favorite of these experiences, though, was doing the Teaching in Urban America Mayterm during my sophomore year. In this experience, the Education Department takes second-year students to Buffalo and houses them there for two weeks. Students are then sent to different schools across the city to observe in the classrooms there and see what teaching in an urban context is like.

I got to work with some amazing teachers in the city, and I learned so much about classroom management and teaching strategies. In addition, I built really close relationships with the students I was housed with, and we were able to explore the city. We went to food truck festivals, explored Canalside, and sampled some of the city’s ethnic food and culture. That Mayterm has been one of the transformative experiences of my college career, and I’m so grateful for it!

Thanks for reading along, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of my Houghton experiences with you this semester.