Eva Crawford:Alumni (Class of 2007)
Sport(s): Women’s Soccer
Cleveland Heights, Ohio – Laurel School
Major: Sociology with a focus in Race and Ethnicity Studies
How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?
“An admissions counselor, Leslie Kidder, came to speak at my high school. We continued on to become close friends through my four years at Beloit and now beyond. I had already heard about the school from Colleges that Change Lives, and my high school guidance counselor is a big proponent of the school. I was the first person from my high school to go, though the counselor had been promoting it since her first day.”
“I knew a fair amount about Beloit before I visited, but it was definitely my campus visit that sealed the deal for me. The statistics and testimonials you read are important, but there’s no better way to get a feel for what Beloit is all about than spending a day in the life of a student. I stayed overnight with a soccer player, who also went on to become one of my closest friends. Through her, I was able to get a very good idea about what it meant to be a student athlete, and saw how close she was with her teammates. I was impressed by how strong of a support network they had created for one another. I visited on one of those perfect Beloit days when the winter finally breaks and everyone’s out on College Street throwing Frisbees and footballs. My mind was made up by the time I left.”
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.
“The cooperation and community-spirit that I formed with teammates on the soccer field are essential in every aspect of my life now. I work in a pretty small office, under what can be very tense situations at times. Through playing soccer at college, I learned how to communicate effectively under stress. When you’re one point down with ten minutes to go, you need to keep the team going through using positivity and clarity in what you’re shouting across the field. The same is true in an office setting; when a deadline is approaching and your co-workers are tired and frustrated, those same communication skills come in handy. I’ve found myself oftentimes being the voice of reason, due to those essential skills I learned years ago on the field.”
What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?
Most Valuable Player 2005 (Junior year)
Most Valuable Player 2006 (Senior year)
Academic All-Conference 2004, 2005, 2006
If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?
“My senior year, I took a class offered by Debra Majeed on the politics and social context of Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcom X. The class demanded a lot of independent work, and gave you a lot of freedom to identify the topic that was most important to you, not only to learn about it, but to act on it. My project required a lot of work with individuals in the larger Beloit community. It gave me the chance to both better understand the relationship between the school and the town, and to take another step to improving it. The project was beyond my comfort zone, but when the class drew to a close, I felt extraordinarily proud of myself for completing it successfully. The best classes I took at Beloit were the ones that didn’t just feed me the theory or history on a given subject, but demanded that I contextualize it. And the very best motivated me to act on it.”
Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?
“My senior year, a group of close friends and I signed up to do a performance at the Baccalaureate ceremony, the night before graduation. It was an ambitious undertaking, and we had no idea how much time it would take to prepare. We ended up spending our Senior week practicing all day and night. There were six of us, and all of us came at the project from a different background of experience, with different ideas on what success would look like. But, despite long nights and early mornings, amongst many tearful senior week ‘last times,’ a few squabbles and many more gut-deep laughs, we performed. It wasn’t flawless, in fact far from it, but our friendships were more intact than when we’d started, and we had a final product that, while unlike what any of us had envisioned, was perfect in a very different way.”
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.
“I would like to continue working in International Education, providing scholarships to study abroad for students who could not otherwise afford them or learn about the opportunity. I want to take myself out of my own comfort zone in order to make global competency a skill that you don’t need to have the right background or income level to possess. The classes I took at Beloit inspired me to take an active part in what I want to see change in the world. From learning how to communicate and take initiative on the soccer field, to being challenged intellectually every day in class, Beloit gave me not just the tools, but the reason, to motivate.”
“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- Engaging.”