Grace Babcock is a Ball State senior who majors in English (her concentration being in Literature). She has been placed onto the Top 100 Students list for the 2021-2022 school year, which recognizes 100 juniors & seniors that represent Beneficence both in and out the classroom.
How has being a Top 100 student impacted how you view your work while at Ball State?
How has your time in the English Department been worthwhile to you? Do you have a moment that sticks out to you as the most beneficial? Also, what lessons from the department do you’ll think you’ll take into your further education?
Professor Rapatz’s letter of recommendation for you mentioned that you are a “leader in and outside the classroom”. Do you feel that having these leadership qualities will influence how you tackle future endeavors?
Your letter of recommendation also mentioned that you are pursuing a master’s in education. What are your goals regarding this pursuit?
Lastly, how has the ongoing pandemic affected how you go about your college life? Do you have any tips for those who might have struggled with the adjustment?
One of my biggest pieces of advice is definitely to have patience with yourself; worrying about your levels of productivity, which has been one of my biggest (non-health related, of course) anxieties throughout the pandemic, only leads to burnout and extra stress. Take the time you need to rest, to work, and to socialize in even amounts, and try not to let work and your to-do lists consume your thoughts. This is easier said than done, so I always try to purposefully schedule a lunch/dinner date with a friend, set aside specific times to grab a coffee and study in Bracken, or otherwise break up your screen time. Be respectful, take care of yourself, and protect your health!