Dillon (2nd from the left) ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay, helping Bethany take first place in the event at the 2013-14 PAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Four years ago, Dillon Handy wouldn’t have guessed he’d be walking across the stage to receive his Bethany College diploma in just a few weeks. He remembers weighing his options during his senior year of high school.
“I wasn’t comfortable with leaving my family and friends to travel away for school. My hometown is only two hours away, but I wasn’t ready to leave them behind while I went on to figure out what I wanted to be in life,” he said.
However, after checking out Bethany’s social work program and its track team, he decided to go outside of his comfort zone and become a Bethany student. He quickly realized he made the right choice.
“I had to wake myself up every morning which I didn’t have to do in high school. I had to create new friendships with people I didn’t know. But the first few weeks of school, I was able to make new friends – most of them I still talk to and hang out with four years later.”
Dillon said branching out helped make his transition to college a lot smoother. He is on the indoor and outdoor track teams, runs cross country, is a member of the Social Awareness Club and is the Social Work Department fellow.
He’s had three internships and field placements, which he knows will help him long after graduation. “Bethany professors and advisors make sure you have a great deal of knowledge in the classroom and out in the real world,” he said.
One of those internships was at a local elementary school, and he hopes to use his experiences there to work as a school counselor. He hopes to continue his passion for track by also coaching the sport.
“I never thought I would have the opportunity to be a college student," he said, "and four years later be the first person in my family to graduate college. “