Student Spotlight: Ryan Donnelly

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: Math (Minors: Physics, Computer Science and Political Science)

Donnelly quote.jpgComing out of high school, Ryan Donnelly would not have thought that he would be where he is today. Now a senior, Donnelly is balancing pursuing a degree in mathematics with multiple minors, while simultaneously fulfilling his military obligations.

“One of the best things I could have done for myself is to leave school and join the military,” said Donnelly. “Enlisting presented me with so many different experiences and opportunities that I could not have gotten anywhere else.”

Donnelly took a year off from Bethany to go to boot camp for the United States Marine Corps. He currently is a member of the Marine Corps Reserve.

“Once I returned to campus, I had the mindset and mentality to tackle anything Bethany could throw my way,” he said.

Donnelly spends most of his time on campus studying for classes, tutoring his fellow classmates, or riding around the backroads of Bethany. He also enjoys going to as many campus events as possible. Donnelly notes that his favorite campus event is the annual moonbeam breakfast before finals.

Ryan_Donnelly_2015.jpgQ&A:

Q: What are you involved with on campus?
A: I am a member of the Math Club, and I work as a math tutor.

Q: Why did you choose Bethany College?
A: I liked the location and the small class sizes.

Q: What advice do you have for incoming students?
A: You need to learn what you can and cannot control. Too many people, both young adults and older people alike, get caught up with the minor inconveniences of daily life. Most of the time you have no control over those things. You need to take it in stride, and keep moving on. Losing your mind over life’s minor problems can really derail a semester or year of your college life. A positive mentality will yield positive outcomes.