MetalSculpturePortraitNAME: Madison Shetlar
CLASS YEAR: Senior (2015-16)
MAJOR: Art Education
PARTICIPATION: Women’s Basketball, Art Club, Gold Key, Pathfinders, Student Ambassadors
HOMETOWN: Salina, Kansas

I made the “long” trip to Bethany from Salina beginning my Sophomore year of college. Previously I attended Kansas State University where I majored in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Art. Since transferring to Bethany, many opportunities have become available to me. Not only did I have the chance to participate, serve, and lead through the many organizations, clubs, and sports teams offered, but I also became very close with the Art and Education departments.

Part of the reason I love Bethany is because of the Art and Education departments, and the wonderful people involved in both. These departments have made me feel at home, have pushed me, have cared for me, and have got me to where I am today – Student Teaching at Southeast of Saline High School and on my way to having my own art classroom!

Another major benefit coming from my time at Bethany is the experience of living in such a tight-knit, tiny Swedish community. Lindsborg has so much character for a small town, and it is very inviting. I am always excited to make the trip back to “LBK” after a long weekend or break to grab a Stuga Sub, a smoothie from the White Peacock, and make a run to Kaps.

I have had the opportunity to display my art work in a shop downtown, volunteer to help clean up the streets before the biannual Hyllningsfest Celebration, help raise money for the fight against cancer with my basketball team, and much, much more. Also, I was able to spend time at the elementary school and the high school in Lindsborg, observing, teaching, and getting new ideas for my future classroom.

Lindsborg has a great art community and I have been able to meet various visiting artists, and view work of famous artists such as Lester Raymer and Birger Sandzen. My college experience at Bethany has been more than what I could ever ask for, and I will always be grateful to all the faculty, staff and community members who have helped me along the way.