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Melinda Regehr

Hometown: Whitewater, KS
Major: Social Work
Class: 2015

What’s your area of study? Social Work major and a Psychology minor
I chose to major in Social work because the profession is one that will allow me to build relationships and help people as part of my daily job.
What brought you to Bethel?
I was looking for a four year, private college. My Dad, brother, sister, and many cousins graduated from Bethel, so the campus already felt like home to me.
What activities have you been involved in?
I am involved in SAA, SCAN, Student social work club, NAMI, and various intramurals.
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
When I first arrived on campus I believed that I came here to get an education. While I definitely am receiving this education, I am also growing in other ways. I have been forced to question many things I believe in, but in the best way possible. I now view the world through a much different lens and have learned that not everything has a clear cut answer, which is why I will “seldom affirm, never deny, and always distinguish.”
What about Bethel gives you the most pride?
The times I am most proud of Bethel is when everyone on campus comes together in some kind of community. These times of bonding can be when we come together to grieve, when we come together to celebrate and show our love for one another, or just at a random meeting of people who leave their gathering feeling just a little bit changed.
What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
My favorite course was Abnormal Psychology. I learned a lot about life, mental disorders, and awesome people. The experience of that class is what started my interest in psychology.
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
During my junior year, I went on a canoe ride down the river with fellow Bethel students, Ben Kreider and Braden Unruh. While canoe rides themselves are special, this canoe ride happened to be in December and there was snow falling all around. I have never heard such beautiful silence since.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
To be a Thresher means to be part of a family. This family teaches you, leads you, stretches your boundaries crazy-wide, lets you fall down, and then always, always, builds you back up to be a better person than you were before.

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