Name: Nicole Weber’15
Hometown: Geneva, Ill.
Major/minor: Religious studies and history double major.
What brought me to Beloit: The people. When I came to visit Beloit, I instantly felt at home. It was a place I could see myself thriving and a community that I knew I wanted to be a part of.
My favorite class so far, and why you should take it: Religious Studies 101: Global Religious Traditions with Natalie Gummer has by far been one of the most interesting courses I have taken so far at Beloit. It challenges your assumptions about religion, society, and personal belief, which everyone should experience.
You may have seen me: Most likely running around Pearsons to and from the BSC office, or more generally just walking quickly everywhere.
The best book I’ve read at Beloit: The Road to Mecca by Muhammad Assad. Although I did not love the book on its own, the discussion surrounding it in class was some of the most interesting and personally challenging for me. It really causes you to re-examine your own frame of reference and positionality, and challenged our class to try and understand a view that was perceived as radically different from many of our own.
What are you working on? Currently I’m in the middle of working on the budget process for BSC (Beloit Student Congress). We have gathered data and feedback from a variety of groups about how the Student Activities fee should be budgeted for the 2013-2014 academic year. I have a wonderful team that I have been working with through this process (shoutout to Namoonga Mantina, Erik Binter, and my extremely thoughtful Budget Committee), and I was really excited to put together a final package to present at the BSC General Assembly meeting Monday (Feb. 18).
Any advice? Welcome the questions. Ask more of them, and stop trying to decide that things are a certain way. We live on a campus with a surprising amount of diverse perspectives and if we stop asking questions, we will never benefit from that. The more questions you ask, the better chance you will have at understanding something, even if those questions just lead you toward more questions and less answers.
What do you do in your free time? Free time? There’s very little free time to go around at Beloit, but when I do have it, I spend time with my boyfriend and friends, ballroom dance, play the cello, sing, watch a bit of TV, and try to relax before the next thing I need to attend to grabs my attention away...I wish I had more free time to do all of these things more!
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? 1. Abraham Lincoln, all-time hero 2. Indigo Girls, my favorite musical group 3. God, because I have always wondered who they are...
What gets you up in the morning? Coffee. Also, the unpredictability of what every day seems to bring for me at Beloit. But primarily coffee.
What are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forward to confronting the next parts of my journey in life and see how things, both here at Beloit and otherwise, will start to shape up and form. It is hard sometimes day to day to try and remember the bigger picture, and know that the path that you’re on is leading somewhere you want to be or the choices you are making are what will be for the best in the long run. Today, I am really enjoying where I am right now, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.