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Meet Matthew McKay’13, one of Beloit’s newest admissions counselors

July 28, 2013

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Name: Matthew McKay’13 (above right)
Beloit College admissions counselor.
Burlington, Vt.

What brought me to Beloit: Lindsey Green, a Beloit alumna who told me I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Beloit during my college search. Once I got to campus I was glad she did.

You may have seen me: Running around town.

What’s on your desert island jukebox? The Band, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young. Also the album El Camino by the Black Keys. It’s my favorite (only) car CD, and doubt I could be marooned without it.

What’s on your bucket list? I really want to take a bike trip through the Canadian Rockies and to run in all 50 states. I think I am at 24 now, and I am hoping to knock off at least three more this fall.

Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? I can’t say I wish my life had gone any differently, but I have always thought that it would have been fun to study abroad for a semester near the Alps and spend my time skiing.

Favorite meal? Mac and cheese with edamame, peas, and Cholula hot sauce.

What can’t you live without? Time spent outside and with people.

Any advice? If you are on the fence about traveling, do it. Even if you are nervous or it’s stressful, the experiences you have will help shape your life story and enrich you. At the very least it will build character.

What do you do in your free time? What do you wish you did in your free time? I spend a lot of time running—it’s definitely my go-to de-stress activity and what I do to wake myself up in the morning. What do I wish I was doing? There are so many unsung beautiful green spaces in and around Beloit, and I really enjoy playing around with a camera, so I would love to capture a Sunday morning at Rock Cut State Park.

Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, and Carl Yastrzemski.

What gets you up in the morning? If I can steal away for a run before breakfast I know it’s going to be a good day.

Who are your heroes? To name a few: Bernard Legat, David McKay, and the Tenzing Norgay/Edmund Hillary duo. Exploring the unknown and dealing in uncertainty has always been a point of interest to me. I have always admired people who can search beyond themselves and beyond what was previously conceived as possible. In doing so they teach us about the untapped potential in our own lives.

What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? The Creative Pig Minds brewery in Machesney Park is relatively new, and one of the best places to get a beer and some food. Fun fact: it also has an all-vegan menu.

Proudest moment? Well I can think of a few moments I like to revisit, but one of my proudest Beloit moments was winning the steeple chase at the first track meet to be held on the Beloit track for over 15 years, and looking up into the stands and seeing Scott Bierman give me a big smile and a first pump.

What’s your karaoke standard? Kansas, “Carry On My Wayward Son.”

What are you most looking forward to? Getting to work with prospective students from Arizona, California, and all of New England.

What class would you recommend? Cell Biology. That class defined my Beloit experience, and really opened a new road for me.

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