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Buccaneer Spotlight - Erika Zevin

November 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

Erika Zevin

Erika Zevin: Alumni (Class of 2010)

Sport(s): Women’s Tennis

Burr Ridge, Illinois – Hinsdale South High School (Darien, Illinois)

Major: Integrative and Medical Biology

Minor: Mathematics

Currently: Medical School

How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?

“My mom went to Beloit College so I agreed to look at it.  I didn’t know much about the school before visiting and wasn’t expecting much from the trip.  It was love at first sight.  I loved the atmosphere that was friendly and laid-back.  I loved seeing students lounging outside on the grass rather than roped-off lawns.  I loved the old brick buildings that had so much character.  But most of all I loved the way that I felt accepted and welcomed onto the campus.  The feeling that people really wanted to hear what you had to say and get to know you.  That is what made my college decision easy.”

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 well-rounded person with a positive attitude will allow you to have experiences and meet people that will enrich your life in ways you could never expect.  Get to know people who are different than you because that perspective can be very valuable.”

What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?

  •  Dean’s List all 4 years
  •  Phi Beta Kappa member
  •  2006 Midwest Women’s Conference 3rd singles champion
  •  2007 Midwest Women’s Conference 2nd singles champion
  •  2008 Midwest Women’s Conference 2rd singles, 2nd place
  •  2009 Midwest Women’s Conference 2rd singles champion
  •  2006/2007/2008/2009 Midwest Women’s Conference 1st doubles, 2nd place
  •  2009 Co-captain
  •  2009 MVP
  •  2009 ITA Scholar Athlete
  •  2009 Midwest Conference Player of the Week
  •  2010 Midwest Conference Woman of the Year nominee
  •  2010 Ed DeGeorge Service and Scholar Athlete Award
  •  2010 Beloit College Blanket Winner   

If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?

“Matt Tedesco was my FYI professor freshman year and even though I went into science, he remained a mentor for me.  He is such a caring person and a wonderful professor.  He encouraged me to be well-rounded with the classes I signed up for, and because of him I took some of my favorite classes at Beloit; classes I would have never considered taking on my own.”

Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?

“I loved tutoring other classmates.  Being a TA and tutor really made me appreciate how much we can all help each other.”

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.

“I am currently in medical school so in 5 years I plan on be a resident in a specialty that I love and hopefully still finding time to swing a tennis racket every once in a while.”

“In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- Treasured.