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To show what it's really like to be a dual-degree engineering student at Bethany, we asked our students a few questions. Read on to hear from Jason, Robert, and Nathan.


What is it like to study science at Bethany?

"Physics at Bethany is definitely involved. I spend a lot more time than my non-engineering friends do on homework and projects, but when you have it finishedyour design, your car, your boatthere's an immense feeling of satisfaction."
- Jason Madsen

"Because of the small class sizes, you get one-on-one help from professors which makes it much easier to understand the material.”
- Nathan Stob
“It's very important and interesting. The most difficult thing would be the succession of tests and homework, which is a little strenuous. However the difficulty of the classes means you'll know the subject better, which is a welcome trade for me. The most rewarding is learning how the universe ticks.”
- Robert Gibbs

 

What activities are you involved in outside the classroom?

"Currently, I serve as the secretary for Student Senate. I have also held a few work study positions on campus. These opportunities have helped me develop teamwork skills that will be crucial when I work with an engineering team in the future.”
- Jason Madsen
"I am involved in varsity soccer. Being on the team has taught me how to work well with others and I have made many close friends in the process.”
- Nathan Stob

 

Describe the Bethany professors.

"I've never had a professor who wasn't willing to help outside of class. They're caring and respectful, and it's possibly what I appreciate the most about Bethany.”
- Jason Madsen
"The faculty at Bethany are very enthusiastic about what they are teaching. This is important to me as a student. They've taught me that if you really want to excel at something you need to be passionate about it. This is what I see in them.”
- Robert Gibbs

 

Which Bethany course has been most interesting to you?

"That's tough. There are a variety of fun physics experiments, especially projectile launches, that are fun. At the same time, I really enjoy my art history class because of how different it is from my normal classes and how interesting Professor Bukowski makes itplus I get to travel to Italy for class!”
- Jason Madsen
"Physics. It makes the world easier to understand and is easily applicable.”
- Nathan Stob
"Physics, because it's so far reaching and is involved in pretty much every science.”
- Robert Gibbs

 

What is the best thing about being a Bethany student?

“Low student-to-faculty ratios and individualized attention are the reasons I chose to study engineering here. My freshman calculus class had 25 students, as opposed to several hundred students at any major university. It’s obvious you’re going to learn better this way.”
- Jason Madsen

"I like the small campus. You can walk down the street and say hi to five people along the way.”
- Nathan Stob
"Probably the best thing is that it's also a religious environment which is like home for me. The college I previously attended was public and its a pleasant change."
- Robert Gibbs

 

What are your career plans?

"I'll continue with engineering at the University of Minnesota after my time on the Bethany campus and then enter graduate school. I'm interested particularly in civil, hydraulic, and petroleum engineering.”
- Jason Madsen
"I am planning on becoming a mechanical engineer.”
- Nathan Stob
"After earning my degree from Bethany, I will move on to earn my electrical engineering degree from the U of M. I'm planning to work with electronics."
- Robert Gibbs