Jon Moran: Class of 2009
Montrose, Colorado – Montrose High School
Major: Integrative and Medical Biology & Spanish
Currently: Med School
How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?
I found out about Beloit via a book that listed colleges with baseball programs. When I researched the academics of Beloit I became very interested. I only knew what was on paper when I visited campus, but that actually does not really matter. One HAS to tour at schools they are interested in to get the feel of the campus and the school. I was on campus less than 5 minutes and knew it was the place for me.
We are focusing a lot on Liberal Arts in Practice at Beloit; so as part of what you practice(d) name one aspect that you took away(will take) from being a Beloit student-athlete that you use in your everyday life.
Beloit student-athletes get the best of both worlds in my opinion when it comes to receiving an education. There is a lot to be said about those who work very hard and have multiple difficult majors or are involved in many extracurricular activities; however, the student athlete that experiences extreme pressure in what we call “clutch” situations on the field begins to develop thick skin that allows one to perform in everyday high pressure real life settings. Going to medical school has only reaffirmed this. To survive medical school one must be physically healthy and mentally strong (both of these qualities I believe I developed at Beloit). In terms of liberal arts, I am confident in saying that the open minded approach to not only learning but all situations that I am confronted with in life allows me to not have pre-formed ideas of how things ought to be. Thus, I can evaluate a situation and adapt with an unbiased viewpoint. On a similar note, the ability to think critically cannot be emphasized enough. We do not live in a world of “multiple choice,” nor should we be educated as if we do.
What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?
Knowing I’d always find support, I branched out. I played baseball, was a Resident Assistant, published my senior thesis in The Beloit Biologist, and even found time for a second major, Spanish. My language skills led to another Beloit opportunity: an honors term. During it, I recruited Beloit students for ESL tutoring at State-line Literacy Council. The project improved my Spanish and strengthened college-community ties. Its final result? “The number of tutors doubled,” Jon says.
2008-2009 Two Time Beloit College Baseball Team Captain
2009 Ed DeGeorge senior athlete award, Baseball
2008 Gertrude E. Sweet Award, to ambitious students who demonstrate leadership in confronting societal issues
2007-2008 Two Time Academic All Conference Honors, GPA 3.2 or higher
2007 First Team All Midwest Conference, Baseball
2005-2008 Alfred and Matilda Academic Scholarship
Ericsson Chemistry Scholarship
If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?
Marion Fass. (Biology professor/pre- med advisor) She is like my second mother, she’s always there. She is like a personal Google on speed dial. She is to this day editing things for me as well as giving me advice. She is awesome.
Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?
While at Beloit I played baseball. The guys that I met on those teams are to this day the best friends I will ever have. We were an interesting group because we had a common goal/desire and we were relentless in our approach to achieve that goal. When you have 35 guys that are dedicated to the same long term goal it creates an environment where everything kind of functions in harmony and when it is all over you get to look back and be proud of accomplishments, yet thankful of the relationships formed. The first taste of a MWC championship for Beloit College Baseball will remain with those players for life.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.
Five years from now I hope to be in an orthopedic surgery residency program.
“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- Legit”