Hometown: Gurnee, Ill.
Major/minors: Education/ health & society and music
[Patricia W]Activities: Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Advocates for Choice, Alpha Sigma Tau (AST), Gold Key, TRiO, McNair Scholars, Masterworks Chorus, Concert Band
Beloit’s appeal: I knew I wanted a small liberal arts college. I wanted to go to a school where I would know everyone. After I visited, Beloit felt like home for me with all the trees. Beloit became my number one choice. I also heard from my tour guide that Alliance had a house, which was appealing because I was involved in my high school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance.
Taking leadership: I got involved my freshman year and moved into the (Alliance) House second semester. Now I’m the on-campus activism chair and house manager, and I’ve written articles for the Round Table. This semester, I do things like organize events for LGBT history month, Day of Silence, etc. I went to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference for the second time and learned other colleges are doing Second Chance Proms. We are having one on April 27. I’m also inviting local high school students.
Starting a club: Advocates for Choice started last spring, sponsored by Planned Parenthood in Madison. We’ve been doing Condom Fridays with Planned Parenthood memos. We also got speakers for Women’s History Month to speak about birth control methods and ran a men’s health meeting.
Joining a sorority: I’ve been in AST since last fall. I really liked the people there. It’s been great for academics, especially for being a McNair Scholar because the GPA requirements are the same. It’s pretty positive to have my sisters to count on.
Becoming a McNair Scholar: I had an internship with the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) over winter break. I also noticed we were missing zines in the Alliance library. This summer, I’m going to be doing research on queer zines as an educational tool.
How Beloit became home: With TRiO, I was here ahead of time. During freshman week, I got introduced to the Beloit Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and got to be nerdy. By the time I went home for break, I felt like I missed Beloit. I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities here. Home’s not home for me anymore.