Student Spotlight: Dakota Maravelis

Junior Dakota Maravelis is presented with the John Chernenko Award in
Political Science during 
Bethany's Honors Day Convocation. 

Junior Dakota Maravelis says he is still learning how to say "no." His involvement in honors societies, clubs, Greek life and athletics, he says, can sometimes be a lot to handle.

He's got a lot on his plate for a Political Science and International Economics major who's focused on getting into an Ivy League law school in a year.

"There are a wealth of opportunities on such a small campus to be involved, and it is difficult to not get overwhelmed with the vast array of things grabbing for your attention," he said.

But that's why Dakota loves Bethany -- he's been given so many opportunities to say "yes." Because, he says, "there is no second chance to experience it later on."

As member of the Kalon Honors Society, a Kalon first-year advisor, the Spanish Club president, president-elect of Beta Theta Pi, and a resident hall assistant, he's not only created great relationships with students and professors, bur he's also paved the way to a successful future.

In April, he was awarded the prestigious John Chernenko Award in Political Science for all he's accomplished at Bethany. The award is given to the junior with the highest GPA. However, Dakota was in his second year of college.

"I wasn’t supposed to be eligible for the award," he said, "but by a few extra credits I had accumulated, I was technically a junior and so I was eligible."

The proud moment was his favorite memory at College so far. However, with his tendency to say "yes" to whatever challenge comes his way, he has plenty of opportunities to make new favorite memories in his last year at Bethany.