Student Profiles: Benjamin Kreider
Hometown: North Newton, Kan.
Major: Social Work; Bible & Religion
- What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
- I am a Social Work and Bible and Religion double major. I like helping people and theology captivates me. I figure that as a human and as as Christian I’ll be engaging questions of faith and life for a good while to come and the holistic nature of the Social Work discipline is something I can take in a lot of different directions.
- What brought you to Bethel?
- Bethel was initially a prime college choice because of family and church connections. But my decision to come to Bethel was cemented when I was in high school. I saw Bethel students doing things I wanted to do in the future, weaving gorgeous harmonies in a choir, playing soccer at a collegiate level, engaging issues of faith in serious ways and having a joyous and creative approach to learning which seemed to flow well beyond the classroom.
- What activities have you been involved in?
- I play soccer, sing in the Men’s Chorus, acted in a One Act, am a Student Senator, serve on the chapel planning committee and participate in Students for Social Change and the Student Social Work Organization.
- How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
- I am more willing to try things and get involved. I’m not afraid to say,
What the heck, I might as well go for it.
- For what are you most proud of Bethel?
- I am struck by the quality of music that springs from Bethel and its students. I have been blown away by sheer technical brilliance, had deep emotions stirred and a huge grins cross my face, all from music at Bethel.
- How would you like to see Bethel change or improve in the next five years?
- I’d like to see Bethel bolster the Spanish language program, with an emphasis on local and practical application.
- What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
- Mennonite Life, History, and Thought with Mark Jantzen. We had a wonderful mix of engaging lectures, discussions among classmates that each brought different perspectives to Mennonite topics and visits to local churches where we were warmly welcomed. It was a lively and insightful class.
- Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
- Over spring break this past year, I went on a Bethel-led service and learning trip to New Mexico/Arizona and the Navajo reservation. It was an epic trip that included lots of group bonding in a cramped van, delicious food, gracious hospitality, glimpses into the world of social services in the Navajo reservation, sleeping in a traditional Navajo hogan and hiking and stargazing in some stunningly beautiful scenery.
- What does it mean to be a Thresher?
- To be Thresher is to be an individual, who, although perhaps being brilliant in one or many areas, doesn’t take himself/herself too seriously, reaches out across divisions to build relationships and quietly does many things well.