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Lindsay Waltner

Hometown: Freeman, South Dakota
Major: Elementary Education
Class: 2013

What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
My major is Elementary Education, and I chose it because I love working with young children. They are at such an impressionable age, and I feel like if taught correctly, one can have a really positive impact on them.
What brought you to Bethel?
I was expected to come to Bethel because everyone else in my family has attended here--siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents.
What activities have you been involved in?
I was part of the Bethel College girls basketball program for two years. Now, I partake in volleyball and basketball intramurals. I am also part of the Concert Choir.
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
I would say that I have changed a lot. For 18 years I lived in one place. I went to the same church and school for that time. Taking me from that and placing me somewhere new has forced me to really find out who I am.
For what are you most proud of Bethel?
Bethel has a fantastic academic and music program. More than that though, is the fact that the teachers here are all so caring. I do not think you get that at many other colleges.
What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
My favorite class so far has been Reading Practicum, which is a class for Elementary Education students. During that class you get to spend a lot of time working with individual students from a local elementary school. It is truly amazing how much they improve over the semester, and also how much they open up. To add to that, my classmates were so encouraging. We had to come up with our own lesson plans, and we frequently discussed what we had done and how we could improve.
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
My memorable Bethel moments all include moments I spent with my friends. Newton is a somewhat small community (big compared to where I grew up), and you have to create your own fun.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
Being a Thresher means being a part of a tight knit family. The students, faculty, and community are all so supportive and truly want you to succeed.

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