Victoria Beckley '13

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Through the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, Victoria Beckley '13 was able to create the exact major that she wanted: Visualizing space, GIS and Cultural Theory.

“I transferred to Johnston my sophomore year because I wanted to study more than environmental science,” she said. “It’s transformed me as a student.”

A native of Dallas, Beckley came to the University of Redlands after looking at liberal arts schools on the west coast. She received a “fantastic” financial aid offer, and was excited to go down the Johnston path after she joined.

“It was an amazing experience integrating different subjects and making them into one holistic emphasis,” she said. “I can’t imagine my academic career without being a Johnston student.”

According to Beckley, Johnston is a “living and learning community,” an aspect that she enjoyed.

“The beauty is everything I do is integrated, so I am in the classroom working with students who also live in the same dorms,” she said. “It brings your experience in class out of class and you continue conversations.”

Beckley not only grew close to her classmates, but also faculty members.

“I consider a number of faculty members mentors,” she said. “The relationships are really important in terms of encouraging me to pursue my own academic endeavors that often time don’t fit with a certain major or specific classroom syllabus. I’ve been able to craft all of my classes and make them appropriate for exactly what I want to study.”

Beckley has a job lined up in Yellowstone “that is hard to say no to” for the summer, and eventually wants to attend graduate school to study GIS mapping. But first, she wants to travel.

“I plan to take a few years off to explore the world and its beauties,” she said.

The University has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting study abroad.

More than 47 percent of Redlands undergraduates participate in study abroad programs.

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