Hometown: Lombard, Ill.
Major: English (Creative Writing); Economics
[Sean L]Getting involved: Plays soccer and baseball; serves as treasurer of the Beloit Student Athlete Advisory Committee (BSAAC); writes for the student newspaper the Round Table; and gives student tours
Why he chose Beloit: I applied to three schools I knew that I wanted to go to. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go here until I got here.
How Beloit won him over: It was particularly my coaches and professors. It’s cool that you can call adults by their first names. Everyone you meet is so personal. They’re obviously here for you rather than their own self-interest. Every time I see my advisor Steve Wright (an adjunct associate professor of English) we have a more than 10-minute conversation.
Taking on a leadership role: I’m treasurer of BSAAC. I started hanging out in meetings freshman year. I got involved when a bunch of athletes went to Merrill Elementary School as part of an after-school program. After that, I decided to take more of a leadership role in it.
On declaring a major: I came in here thinking that I wanted to do math. I took a few classes and realized that I didn’t like it. Then, I took an economics class with Josh Hall (an assistant professor of economics). He recommended some books including Freakonomics by economist Steven D. Levitt and writer Stephen J. Dubner. Enjoying those books and the class made me love economics. I also knew that I wanted to major in English but wasn’t sure what type of English major. Creative Writing had a better feel to it, so I went with it and loved it as well.
Exercising his musical interests on his own: I play guitar, piano, and sing. I taught myself how to play guitar. I picked up piano last year. I took a class where I learned the scales, then picked up the rest on my own.
Balancing academics, activities, athletics: A lot of people ask me if it is challenging. I find that I manage my time better. I know that I don’t have free time. But, I love it, particularly the people on my teams.