|Beau Bertus is an offensive lineman for the Bison football team, one of the many ways he's involved on campus.|
Senior Beau Bertus came to Bethany as a transfer student. He didn’t know many people on campus, and he wasn’t sure at first if Bethany was the right place for him.
“My parents told me to stick it out a semester or two to see if things would get better. I am thankful that my parents urged me to stay, because if they didn’t, I wouldn’t have met some of my friends that I have now and will probably have for the rest of my life,” he said.
Beau didn’t just “stick it out,” however. He’s made the most of his college career.
He’s a member of the football team, through which he was named 2nd Team All-Conference in 2014 and a 2015 Preseason All-American. He is a history tutor and a member of the History Club. Beau is also a member of the Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society.
“I also help with hosting football recruits on their overnight visits as well as take part in talking to them and their families when they come for their tour of the campus. I was an Orientation Leader this summer as well for the incoming freshman class. I really enjoyed being one of the leaders because this enabled me to meet incoming students and more faculty and staff members.”
Why did you choose Bethany College? I did not choose Bethany College just for football. I chose Bethany College because I have a few family members that are Bethany Alumni and they told me about the college’s rich history. They also told me that this campus was a friendly campus where people knew and talked to everyone and helped anyone who needed it. This seemed to fit my personality so that was one of the main reasons I chose to come to Bethany.
Do you have any advice for incoming students? If I was going to give incoming students advice, it would probably be to always smile and say hi or hello to anyone you see on campus. Everyone can use a friendly face and that would also help you to get to know more people because, more than likely, the people you say hello to will remember your face. This will make this campus an even better place to be.
What is the most difficult thing about college, and how do you overcome that challenge? The most difficult thing about college would have to be trying to get school work done early and not the night before an assignment is due. I was voted “Biggest Procrastinator” in high school, so I had a pretty bad habit I had to break very early into my career here at Bethany College if I wanted to do well and thrive. The school has many places that can help you overcome this issue like the McCann Learning Center and Writing Center. These places are here to help, so new students should use these to their advantage.