A Day in the Life of Beth Rader
First year Elizabeth “Beth” Rader grew up on a farm in a small town called Sycamore, IL, that’s about an hour and a half drive due west from Chicago. Now in her first year of college in Dubuque, at Loras College, her alarm goes off at 5 a.m. to get ready for Spirit Squad practice in the Fieldhouse with her fellow cheerleaders and dancers that starts at 6 a.m. and goes on until 8 a.m.. Rader then has class until 3:30 p.m.. After class it’s cheer practice. Then it’s time to study.
When she’s not studying, taking notes in class, or practicing for her cheer and spirit squads, she’s probably working in the Café. Rader tells me that’s about her average week. On the weekends she cheers for the football team and helps run the tailgate. Sunday is the only day she has where she can really take time to study and take care of other things that she needs done until she works, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the café.
Since Rader grew up on a farm, she is a lover of animals. When she was a kid she had cats, dogs, snakes, toads, sheep, hamsters, chickens and even a worm farm. Think of any animal, if it’s not a zebra, or a giant squid, she probably had one.
When I asked her why she applied to attend Loras college, she said,“Loras has a family dynamic that you get from small class size and one on one help with professors.”
This has been her experience so far, as we now are about to start our 4th week of class.
Right now she is undeclared when it comes to her major. She is currently stuck between Public Relations and Sociology, a class that we take together.
Rader is vocal in class and has unique ideas that interpret our readings and discussions. Rader says she would love to look into the sociology field, but is concerned with the job scarcity.
Her level of commitment to Loras is commendable and inspiring. She works hard, to the point where wasting time or procrastinating isn’t even considered an option. I can tell that her hard work will pay off, no matter what major she declares.