When Amani Edwards was looking for a college, she had diverse priorities: a strong language program, a small student body, and Division III athletics. She found all three at Beloit. “Beloit had everything I wanted,” she says. “I visited once and loved it.”
Though she’s just beginning sophomore year, Amani has taken full advantage of the athletics that brought her to Beloit. She plays volleyball, is active in track and field, and leads her fellow athletes on the Beloit Athletic Advisory Committee. This group, an intermediary between athletes and athletic administration, shows Amani how Beloit students actively influence campus life. “The student body is very proactive,” she says. “The faculty, staff, and administration are always willing to help.”
Amani also dove headfirst into language study. She participated in Beloit’s CLS, a nationally renowned program that provides one year’s language progress in eight weeks. Amani’s Chinese classes helped prepare her for her next goal: studying abroad in China. Though she looks forward to international experience, she finds plenty of it right in Beloit. “It’s beautiful to be surrounded by people of various ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures,” she says. “You learn something new every day.” What has a year of these learning experiences done for Amani? “I’ve become more of a world thinker,” she says.
Amani’s worldview also expands through her major: modern languages. Studying both language and culture, she will graduate near-fluent in Chinese and Russian. Her interests don’t stop there, though—Beloit’s flexible curriculum allows exploration in multiple fields. Amani has embraced that opportunity, double-minoring in philosophy and religious studies and political science. She also dips into Beloit’s many extracurriculars. She participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has hosted a radio show on Beloit’s WBCR.
Amani came to Beloit to explore various interests. Like most Beloit students, she is not one thing, but many: a well-rounded athlete, a campus leader, a multilingual student who intends to travel the world. Though she does not yet know her post-college plans, Amani thinks she is being prepared for paths as rich her college experience itself. “Beloit is giving me the resources, connections, and knowledge I need to pursue anything,” she says. This fact leaves her anticipating the future with nothing but excitement. “When I graduate,” Amani says, “I will have everything I need.”