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Natasha Orpin

Hometown: Moundridge, Kansas
Major: Business Administration
Class: 2013

What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
Business Administration. I was undecided on an area of study until spring semester of my sophomore year. At that point, I had to choose something. I remember thinking back to the results of an aptitude test I took my senior year of high school. Those results reflected a high interest in business. I figured I could always change majors if it didn’t turn out to be my cup of tea, but the decision stuck!
What brought you to Bethel?
Honestly, I never really looked into other schools in preparing for college. My mom attended Bethel and had a great experience here. I did not want to be far from home and certainly not out of state. Bethel offered me good scholarships in terms of academics, music and forensics. Also, I was raised in a Christian household and have attended a Mennonite church my entire life. The thought of Christ-centered higher education was highly appealing.
What activities have you been involved in?
I play clarinet in the Wind Ensemble and work in the library and the Center for Academic Development. I’m a student chaplain and participate in Service Corps. I am the president of the Student Alumni Association. .
How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
It’s hard to think back to the person I was before Bethel, to tell you the truth. I would say that my time in college has taught me disciple and confidence and understanding, among many, many other things. It taught me discipline, because courses at Bethel are nothing to scoff at and it takes hard work to succeed in the classroom. It taught me confidence, because, ultimately, I am the one responsible for making the grades, exercising my body, and attending to my spiritual needs. Finally, it taught me understanding, because this is what is required to live in harmony with others
For what are you most proud of Bethel?
The visit our campus received from Westboro Baptist Church members this past year. Bethel’s response to the visit was honorable. A Convocation was held in order to inform students, faculty, and staff about the visitors, Bethel College Mennonite Church hosted a hymn sing, and, above all, no one was hurt.
What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
Principles of Accounting. I had never taken an accounting course before and had no idea how much I would love doing the work. It caught me completely by surprise!
Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
There was a [memorial] service held for Seth Dunn early in the school year. I had been out of state for the summer and had only received news of his death. Unfortunately, I was unable to take part in any services held for him before the end of the summer. I cannot say that Seth was a friend of mine, but the turnout at the service from the student body reflected love and support for the fellow Bethel student and his family.
What does it mean to be a Thresher?
It means contributing the best of yourself. It means embracing the fact that you are a representative of Bethel. It means not only tolerating differences you see in others, but loving those things that make them unique.

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