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Leah Clark

Hometown: Manhattan, Kansas
Major: Elementary Education; Art
Class: 2013

What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
I originally started out as Elementary Education but after taking a few art classes I fell in love with it and added an Art major on as well.
What brought you to Bethel?
I visited with a friend my junior year of high school around Fall Fest. I really enjoyed the fact that I could play in the orchestra and do art, get scholarships for both, and not have either of them as my major (at the time). I also enjoyed the small school feel. Everyone seemed to know everyone and every one was incredibly friendly.
What activities have you been involved in on campus?
I am currently a member of the orchestra, I was involved in a small quartet, and I am a member of the EAC or Environmental Action Club.
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
I am way more outgoing and comfortable in my own skin since I started school here. The switch was almost immediate due to the comfortable atmosphere and friendly people.
For what are you most proud of Bethel?
I am proud of the overall attitude of the students and general friendliness of all of the students.
How would you like to see Bethel change or improve in the next five years?
I would like to see Bethel grow in number. Though I think it is already fantastic, it would be nice to have more numbers. It also would be nice to have more academic programs available.
What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
That’s easy: Ceramics. I took it freshman year and have taken it every year since. It is the reason I added an art major. I love getting a little messy, being creative, and the teacher and overall atmosphere of the class is really awesome.
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
My freshman year was definitely the most memorable year at Bethel. Starting out at college and trying to figure things out led to some pretty funny experiences. All of my most memorable moments were spent giggling with my new friends.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
To be a thresher means to be a hardworking, fun loving, friendly and caring person.

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