The culture at ISU is unique. The combination of focus on excellent teaching and research is truly prevalent in all aspects of the university. I felt that my department and peers demonstrated and encouraged many ways to make advancements in teaching strategy and approach, which fed my interest in teaching. However, my professional work grew as well, partly as a result of the collaborative relationships formed in my department. I felt that students responded more to my teaching than at any other institution, partly because so many, as aspiring educators, identified with my approaches.