Student Spotlight: Maclaine Murad

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 Sophomore women's basketball guard Maclaine Murad keeps busy with involvement in various clubs and activities. 

Sophomore Maclaine Murad is a guard for the Bethany women’s basketball team, a Kalon Scholar, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, secretary of the Student Alumni Association, and treasurer of the Writing Club. An elementary education major, with a minor in special education and a reading endorsement, Maclaine is also the president of the Student National Education Association (SNEA).

Her work with SNEA is one of her proudest achievements on campus, because she’s been working to get more students involved with community partnerships, peer mentoring and networking opportunities in the education field.

“I am the new president of this club and have been working very hard to come up with great ideas for this year. In the past the club has had a low number of members but I recently recruited 13 new members. It is a great way to help build my resume, but more importantly work with students who enjoy doing the same things as me,” Maclaine said.

Q&A:

What classroom experience took you by surprise, and why?
When I first came to Bethany I was very surprised by the way you are able to personally get to know your professors. Not only do they know you by name and talk to you outside of the classroom, but they also are always there to help you succeed.

What’s your favorite college memory?
I have so many favorite memories at Bethany and have only been here a year. Since I can’t just pick one memory, I’ll say my favorite things to do at Bethany are playing basketball and laughing uncontrollably with my amazing friends and boyfriend.

What makes Bethany special?
I believe the close student and teacher connection at Bethany makes it very special, and a great learning environment. I also believe that the small campus life is enjoyable because everywhere you go you usually see a friend or someone you know. You will never feel like a stranger at Bethany.

What’s one thing no student should miss?
I believe sports are a big part of entertainment on campus. I think every student should go out and support the student athletes no matter what sport it is.

What’s one thing you wish you knew as a freshman?
One thing I wish I knew when I was a freshman is to take time for yourself and relax. I was and still am very busy, but I now find time to relax and have fun so that I do not get overwhelmed with everything that college brings.

What is the most difficult thing about college, and how do you overcome that challenge?
Being a huge family-oriented person, I feel the most difficult thing about college is being away from my family. I overcome this challenge by keeping busy and making new friends. Soon your friends will feel like family. 

What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate I plan on obtaining my Masters in Education. I will hopefully receive a job as an elementary school teacher. After building my reputation I will work my way up to become an elementary school principal.