Brian Beske

Class Year

’12

Hometown

Gurnee, Ill.

Major(s)

Elementary Education

Minor(s)

English

Brian Beske, ’12, hasn’t wasted a moment of his time at Carthage. He finds the time to be active in all of the clubs that he affiliates himself with, along with the Education department, even though it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

“I have tried to utilize all opportunities that have been presented to me at Carthage,” he said. “Throughout my Carthage career, I have been part of multiple organizations.”

His freshman year, he became heavily involved with campus programming, residence life and philanthropic events, including Colleges Against Cancer and Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honors fraternity. He was the in-hall president ofResidence Life Council. Sophomore year, he became a resident assistant for Denhart Hall.

As a junior, Brian was determined to get more involved within the Educational Department at Carthage. He is a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Children’s Literature, and is a member of Student WEA. He is currently the acting Education Departmental Service Fellow, which has allowed him to build strong relationships with his professors. Right now, he is learning to use a Promethean Board and will have the opportunity to teach the professors about the technology and how to use it, which he believes demonstrates the mutual respect between students and professors within the department.

Originally an undeclared major, Brian found education after his advisor recommended that he take an Introduction to Education course. After being in a classroom and experiencing what it was like to teach, Brian knew that education was his calling.

“The Education Department is one of the largest departments at Carthage. That being said, I have never felt like a mere number or some student,” Brian emphasizes. “Every education teacher has a welcoming personality that allows you to develop relationships far beyond the normal student-professor relationship. I have developed friendships with certain teachers that I know will surpass graduation. … Opposed to at a large university, I feel as though my presence is noticed and my opinion is respected within the classroom.”

“The Education Department is one of the largest departments at Carthage. That being said, I have never felt like a mere number or some student.”

Brian Beske, ’12

Career goal

“I aspire to be an elementary teacher, preferably second or third grade, for an extended period of time. While teaching, I hope to go to graduate school to acquire my master’s and someday teach at a college or university.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“Marilyn Ward is the most interesting, genuinely kind, understandable, and respectful teacher I have ever met. I consider her a close and personal friend. I know that we will stay in touch long after college. In the future, I see myself continually calling her for advice, meeting up with her at the Hobnob for an occasional meal, and sending her an annual Christmas card.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class, especially in the field of education, was Behavior Management. This course, taught by Dr. Dennis Munk, shows students the possible and effective approaches to managing a classroom. I thoroughly enjoyed this class due to its validity and pertinent nature directly related to my major. I felt as though every moment was beneficial for me as a developing educator.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class was Educational Psychology. Although I understood its validity to education, I was never good at memorizing theories. I did, however, make it through in the end. I learned a lot of necessary elements concerning the different ways that students learn, and I have greatly benefited from such a challenging class.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite moments at Carthage was during my freshman year English class. I never really understood poetry, and I honestly thought it was quite a waste of time. My professor knew exactly how I felt! He then proceeded to grill me for almost an entire class period about my interpretation of a Robert Frost poem. Needless to say, I walked out of that classroom with a deeper understanding and a more positive perspective on poetry.”

Favorite spot on campus

“The best spot on campus is behind the chapel. If you sit on the ledge around sunset, you can watch the sun fade away and expose the stars above you. Whenever I cram for tests or become overwhelmed with homework, I usually find myself taking a break and going to sit on the ledge for five minutes to just escape.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest shock while being at Carthage was how well I seemed to fit in. I met a group of guys my first night on campus and have been friends with them ever since. I feel as though I know them better than any of my high school friends and am more than happy!”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“The only advice I can give to future education students is to come in with an open mind, a lot of energy, a positive attitude, and as many creative ideas as possible!”