Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Major/minor: Biological Chemistry, (potential) Anthropology minor
What he does outside of class: Intramural soccer, chess club, international club, MS club
How a liberal arts education was the best fit: Beloit has made me better at solving different types of problems. I used to think in one way, but I’ve taken such a variety of classes that now I feel like I can take on any kind of challenge. I actually had no idea what I wanted to study when I first got here. I was interested in a lot of things, which is why I chose Beloit.
From class to conference: I attended the TeraGrid Conference in Salt Lake City this summer. The TeraGrid Conference is a programming conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation. At the conference, everyone was a computer programmer. I was the only biologist. By going to this conference, I got better at presenting. I used to have stage fright, but I don’t anymore. It really helped me grow.
Going off-campus and to his roots: I’m going to study abroad next semester at Yeditepe University in Istanbul. My mom’s Turkish. I really haven’t gotten a chance to learn much about that part of my culture and history. I’m in my third semester of SILO Turkish which is definitely helping me to refresh. Normally, I don’t speak Turkish at all.
The value of the Beloit community: When I first came here, I was really scared. After a while, that went away. The environment of Beloit is really supportive and promotes cooperation. In no time, I made a lot of really good friends with teachers and students. The best quality about Beloit is that it’s really close knit—like a second family, a second home.