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Taking your Place in the Profession

As you progress through your Teacher Education program, look for opportunities to hone your professional skills or make professional contacts. If you have participated in an undergraduate research project outside the classroom or performed particularly well in a classroom assignment—and can persuade a professor to sponsor you--think about presenting your work at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference. This conference, held each spring in Indianapolis, will give you a chance to practice sharing ideas with your peers. As a student, you're entitled to membership in a number of local, regional, and national organizations (at reduced prices). Join the American Association of Teachers of German or Japanese or French or Spanish and Portuguese or the American Classical League or the Indiana Foreign Languages Teachers Association, etc., read their websites, participate in their discussion groups, attend their meetings. You'll be piling up goodwill to last a lifetime. You may be invited to join a number of honorary societies for exceptional students. Some of these will be related to your major, like the foreign language honoraries, Alpha Mu Gamma (all languages) and Eta Sigma Phi (Greek and Latin); some are open to outstanding students in any field, e.g., Alpha Lambda Delta, Blue Key and Gold Key, Phi Society, etc. Accept those invitations, regardless of the membership fees, remembering (1) you'll connect with students of similar interests and goals, (2) they're résumé builders, and (3) your grandparents would love to contribute funds to such a worthy cause.
Department of Modern Languages and Classics
North Quad (NQ) 178
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-1361
Fax: 765-285-5877