Erinn Brooks: Alumni (Class of 2008)
Sport(s): Women’s Basketball & Softball
Beloit, Wisconsin – Beloit Memorial High School
Major: in Sociology, as well as Education & Youth Studies
How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?
“I grew up about a mile away from campus, and I started attending basketball camps at Beloit when I was in high school. I also remember playing in the BSU 3-on-3 tournaments!”
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.
“Being a student-athlete at Beloit taught me how to “dig deep,” and that’s something that I constantly call upon in my adult life. When I face challenges at work, I think back to running sprints while holding a basketball over my head. When I remember that feeling of unadulterated misery, life seems a lot more manageable.”
What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?
“I graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors and a “B” blanket.”
If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?
“Kathy Greene was a really influential professor. She convinced me that my voice was important when, as a first-year student, I was nervous about participating in class discussions. By the time I began my senior thesis project under her guidance, I was confident presenting at symposiums and conferences. She continued to be an invaluable resource when I began teaching high school, and she still gives me excellent feedback on my research pursuits. I look forward to having coffee with her every time I come home!”
Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?
“I participated in “Word As Performance” as part of Professor Majeed’s social justice course. This isn’t something I would normally do, but my friends talked me into it, and the experience ended up being quite rewarding. The three of us spoke about our experiences with race, class, and privilege, focusing on divisions between Beloit College and the surrounding community.”
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.
“In five years, I hope to be leaving North Carolina State University with a Ph.D. in sociology! I’d like to teach at a liberal arts college and continue my research on race, class, and gender inequality.”
“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- Transformational.”