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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Postcards: Jessica Torres'14 in Sevilla, Spain

January 14, 2014 at 7:51 am

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Name: Jessica Torres’14

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Study abroad semester and location: Sevilla, Spain, spring 2013.

What was your proudest/most exciting moment abroad? When I watched the FC Barcelona soccer team play in Barcelona! And when I learned the basic steps to a dance called Sevillanas at the festival “Feria de Avril en Sevilla.”

How were you able to get involved with your host culture while abroad? The program I was enrolled in, CIEE, does a great job with cultural integration. I participated in a language exchange program where I was easily able to meet and hang out with Spaniards. I was also very driven to visit museums, sports, arts, and architecture, which allowed me to ask questions or bond with my host family.

How has your study abroad experience affected your identity as a minority back at Beloit? I have intended to build relationships in outdoor settings with community service activities and other minority students. I simply feel more confident, decisive, and powerful to partake in my priorities.

Why was it important to you, as a minority student, to study abroad? I chose to study abroad because of the low representation in our group. My experiences abroad, being from a background that normally wouldn’t study abroad, led me to share my unique experiences and inspire my friends and younger cousins to do so. I think it is important for minorities to know that the opportunity is out there and it certainly is life changing.

What was the biggest challenge you faced with the study abroad experience and how were you able to overcome it? The biggest challenge for me was opening up to my host family. Never had I ever lived with a foreign family. It was difficult adapting to cultural differences in terms of values and food. Over time, I learned to develop patience, trust, openness, and interest in their daily living. I then realized how close we became and felt very fortunate for living with them.

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