USFSM College of Education Inspires Students’ Future Careers


The USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education collaborated with fifth grade students at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Could Be With a College Degree”. The art exhibit, located at USFSM, is collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student drew an image of themselves working in that profession, which helped the young artists express their creativity.

“It is our pleasure to present the self-portraits of the 5th graders at Emma E Booker Elementary as they envision the future with a college degree,” said Dr. Marie Byrd, associate professor in the College of Education. “The artwork will grace the hallway of the College of Education at USF Sarasota Manatee for the next year.”