Lancaster – An Ohio University Lancaster student is the first regional campus student at O.U. to get selected to participate in the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching or COST. Senior Nick Ramsey is a Middle Childhood Education major from Pickerington and he will be teaching 9th grade science in Perth, Australia next fall.
"I really just want to become a better teacher. I think this will help me become a better teacher," said Ramsey. "If I can explain to students that I did that, I think it will really connect students with the world, which they really need."
Students can apply to the COST program through the Ohio University Athens Campus. Ohio University is a member institution of COST. The program allows teacher candidates to fulfill their professional internship requirements while living abroad and student teaching for an extended period. Ramsey learned about the program when he took a seminar class in Athens during his sophomore year.
"I'd thought it would be a great opportunity.The world, everything is global now," said Ramsey. "I want to bring that global interaction to my students."
So, Ramsey kept in touch with the Athens COST program coordinator, Frans Doppen, and went through the lengthy application process. He had to fill out several applications and a lot of paperwork.
The process required letters of reference and a background check.
"Ohio University offers a lot of things.You just have to get out there and look for it.There are opportunities out there that regional campus students can grasp," said Ramsey. "We're no different than Athens Campus students. We just go to a different campus.I think we need to get out there and get more involved. I think it's a great thing."
Ramsey will leave for Australia in August and return in December. He said he's not afraid of the cultural differences and he does not anticipate having any problem teaching science to 9th grade Australians.
"When I teach science, I like to do a lot of experiments and hands-on activities and usually kids like that," said Ramsey. "I'm pretty confident in that."