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20 Questions with Community Service Coordinator Kara Beer ’12


January 31, 2013        
Kara Beer '12 Kara Beer ’12, community service coordinator for the Bonner
Scholars Program.
1. Position at Centre?
Community Service Coordinator for the Bonner Scholars Program.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up in central Illinois and then traded my mid-western roots and headed south to Kentucky, where I lived in Louisville.

3. What are your hobbies?
I really enjoy being outside and I attempt to enjoy running. I also really love visiting local coffee shops and reading.

4. What is your dream vacation?
Backpacking in South America, having a map but not really knowing my next destination.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Frida Kahlo. Her self-portrait as a Tehuana is my favorite.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I love watching baseball. Born and raised a Cubs fan.

8. Favorite TV show?
“Downton Abbey.”

9. Favorite album?
“Sigh No More,” by Mumford and Sons.

10. Favorite holiday?
I love Thanksgiving because there is nothing better than eating lots of good food and being with family.

11. Favorite food?
Tacos from SatCo in Nashville.

12. Most prized possession?
My cat, Fat Ethel. She is a sassy feline that enjoys getting stuck in claustrophobic spaces.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Jane Goodall, Harry Caray and Hillary Clinton. I am sure they would have a lot to offer on three of my favorite topics: anthropology, baseball and politics.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I love working with students and making connections with them. Being able to celebrate in their triumphs and help them get over some of the hurdles makes my job so worthwhile. I also really enjoy helping supervise the After School Program. The kiddos are an absolute joy to be around and the watching the impact the students from Centre have on them is really inspiring.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Traveling to Mozambique, Africa, to work with orphans.

16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
Ideally, I would be living in Mexico and teaching English in some capacity. Realistically, living in my parent’s basement with Fat Ethel.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
My experiences abroad in both Mexico and India were the most defining moments in my Centre career. Those experiences gave me perspective on life and taught me so many things I never could have learned in a classroom.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Atticus Finch from “To Kill A Mockingbird.” His courage, integrity and empathy inspire me to this day.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Norton Center is my favorite place on campus due to the memories it holds. I remember my first opening convocation as a nervous freshman and then four years later walking across that stage as a graduate of Centre College.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Don’t forget people’s names. Knowing someone’s name and always showing them kindness will help get you very far in life.



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