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Bekah Lauer


Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gender and Women's Studies Major


How would you describe academic life at Knox?
The academic life is challenging, but in the best way possible. Professors are always available and willing to help students in any way they can. You also find that students are passionate about academics as well and love talking about why.

Tell us about a memorable class, experience, professor, assignment and what you learned from it?
My most memorable experience at Knox was during my first year. I was taking the introductory course to Gender and Women's Studies, and my professor had the whole class over for a homemade dinner and delightful conversation. In high school, I never felt like my teachers saw me as their equal, but this professor showed me that my thoughts and opinions mattered, not only in the classroom.

What activities do you participate in on campus and how have they influenced your experience?
I am a member and the secretary of Delta Delta Delta. I sing in and am a part of the a cappella group on campus called Soulfege. I am an Admission ambassador and a general member of Hillel, the Jewish culture club on campus. The activities I am a part of at Knox have helped my time management skills, helped strengthen my leadership qualities, and taught me that one person really can make a difference.

What is your favorite place on campus? Off campus?
My favorite place on campus is the Special Collections and Archives room in Seymour Library. It is filled with so much history about Knox, and I love being able to have hands-on access to such rich resources. Off campus, I love the Beanhive Café. It is so cozy, and I love walking in and immediately being hit with the smell of coffee and the chill atmosphere.

Why did you choose Knox?
I applied to 14 colleges during my application process. In the beginning, I really did not know what I wanted in a college. When I came to visit Knox, I was immediately intrigued and felt welcomed. The faculty and students were approachable and genuinely were passionate about Knox. Another huge reason I decided to come to Knox was because of the high diversity for such a small liberal arts school. I wanted a school where the students were diverse not only racially, but economically and through their ideology as well. I definitely found that at Knox College.

What campus jobs have you had while at Knox?
My first year I worked in Dining Services in the cafeteria. People truly do not give enough credit to our staff in food services; they work so hard and are some of the nicest people I have met. Now, I am an Admission ambassador, I love talking with prospective students and helping them with their college process.

What surprised you about Knox?
What surprised me the most about Knox was the level of diversity and the fact that the College was founded by abolitionists and how great it is that Knox continues to uphold those beliefs today.

Any advice for high school students on their college search?
Choosing a college can be complicated and stressful, but the best way to deal with the process is making sure you feel comfortable at the school you choose. Also, trust yourself and have an open mind.