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Meet Jill Braden'76

[Jill Braden]

Alumni Board Member
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What is your current occupation?
Retired. May consider freelance writing or editing jobs.

What was your major and how has that played out into your life today?
I majored in Anthropology and minored in French. I went on to earn an M.A. in Museum Studies at George Washington University in 1980. I worked as a registrar and curator for two years on grants. When that money ran out, I used my liberal arts background to launch a writing/editing career that has lasted for nearly 30 years. I have worked mainly for nonprofits and universities. One of my writing jobs was as public relations director for a museum.

Tell us your favorite Beloit memory.
I loved folk dancing on the quad after dinner when the weather was good as well as studying on the turtle mounds. I also enjoyed senior drink when a pitcher of beer cost 75 cents!

What is your favorite alumni event?
The parade of reunion classes. It’s so much fun to see all of the class participants, particularly the Golden Hoods! Makes you wonder what the current students are thinking.

What do you consider your greatest achievement that Beloit has played a part in?

I chose Beloit as a high school student because of three things listed in the catalog: the French Seminar, Logan Museum and the Archeological Field School. And just as I hoped, I went on the French Seminar, worked at Logan Museum and participated in the Archeological Field School. These experiences gave me a strong foundation for applying to graduate school in Museum Studies, and thanks to them, I fulfilled my dream of working at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

While perhaps not an achievement, I would also say that meeting my husband, Jeff, has changed my life in immeasurable ways. He has always been supportive of my academic and professional goals and has played a large role in helping me achieve them. Although we broke up twice during college, we finally got it right and married a year after graduation.

Why do you support 
Beloit College?
My education at Beloit has helped contribute to who I am today. It allowed me to dream about, experience and carry out the life plans that were percolating in my mind as a young adult.

What do you hope to accomplish on the Alumni Board?
I want to give back to Beloit and to today’s students.

Any advice you have for current students?
Try everything. Study abroad. Make good friends and keep them. Contribute to Beloit!
Here’s another quote I like: “Leave no path untaken.” Going to Beloit encourages and enables you to do that.