Quirky. Creative. Passionate. These are just a few of the words Beloiters used to describe themselves in a recent survey given to current students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The “Defining a Beloiter” project asked people to define the noun and verb forms of the word “Beloiter.” Overall, the most prevalent themes to come from the open-ended answers revolved around Beloiters’ passion for a wide array of interests, their desire for life-long learning, their penchant for standing out in a crowd, and, of course, their love of turtles. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say:
- “Someone who embraces a challenge and is open to new ideas, always changing and growing, and yet always striving to learn more.”
- “A person who has a diverse group of interests, who finds a way to incorporate them all into their education while maintaining some sass and quirkiness on the side.”
- “…[A Beloiter is] an awesome, amazing person willing to tackle the world and hoist it on their shoulders.”
- “One who imagines, cares, questions, and works to understand both the local community and the broader world.”
- “An awkward turtle who always manages to turn itself right-side-up!”
- “One who thinks outside the box. And then turns it into a musical instrument after they have spray-painted/glitter bombed it. And then turns it into a purse. And then, with friends, deconstructs it with a blow-torch and a poem. And then studies the geo-political/social justice implications of such boxes in the world. Recycles the remains of said box. Will continue to have life-long reflections on the experiences that are associated with said box.”