Madelyn Barkema

Major: Human Development and Family Studies
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Company/Organization: LilyPad Learning Center
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Destination: Huxley & Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Fall 2019
Advisor/Coordinator Email: hswebaid


I split my time between working in the classrooms directly with kids and working in the office doing different administrative tasks. In the classrooms I was in ratio with kids and was responsible for guiding them through their daily schedule/tasks they had. In the office I did a variety of things including assisting teachers with behind the scenes work, creating new study bins, and helping cook meals for the center.


My greatest accomplishment during my internship was getting to help and watch kids reach different developmental goals or big milestones. For example, kids learning to spell their name or learning how to walk. It was a big reminder for me about how important the work we do is for these kids and their development.

Learning experience

One of the greatest lessons I learned from my internship experience was learning how to be flexible and adaptable. When working with kids things do not always go as planned and you will just have to go with the flow. It is also important to stay positive and have a good attitude with the changes that happen. Being ready for everything and adapting to things as they come up will help you have a more successful day.

What advice would you give?

Advice I would give to future students is to just get out and try new things. Iowa State and Ames have so many opportunities available for students. It is always good to keep growing your skills, connections, network, and knowledge. Trying new activities, jobs, and other things can help you apply the skills you've been learning while also helping you grow as a person.

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