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Student Spotlight: Mashea Beman

Student Spotlight: Mashea Beman

Sep 17th , 2018

Meet Mashea Beman. Mashea is a junior with a double major in Mass Communications and Arts Management from Alma, Nebraska. She's an Anderson Leader and a member of Pi Epsilon, Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Fraternity, residence life, Clef Dwellers a cappella group, choir, and chamber choir in addition to touring with the acoustic group the past two years. We sat down with Mashea to learn more about her - in her words. 

What brings you to Midland University and why? 
As a senior in high school, I was set on going to another Nebraska college. I was just going to focus on my academics even though I knew that wasn’t where my heart was truly at. Then, an admissions counselor from Midland University visited my senior class. I fell in love with all the opportunities available at Midland. I could focus on academics but also follow my passion for singing. Plus, I got a great scholarship to continue my passion for leadership, academics, and singing, too! 

What is your major and what inspired the decision?
Halfway through my freshman year of college, I was conflicted in my major choice; I knew my heart was fully in music. After spending my first semester in shows at Midland, singing in choir, playing guitar, and singing in the acapella group I decided to talk to my academic advisor to see what my options were. She referred me to Tiffany Sellentin who is the advisor for Arts Management majors. The major is very unique and not offered in many other places. It combines business and music, and has focus areas in both parts of the major. I was able to get a job shadowing experience at KAT 103.7 in Omaha, NE through the Personal Career Development Center on campus and I was finally really happy and enjoying what I was learning and studying about! So now I’m a double major in Mass Communications and Arts Management with a focus in technical arts. 

How do you spend your time when not at Midland?
I spend a lot of time at my friend’s house playing with their new puppy Harvey, going on adventures with friends, and I’m constantly singing, songwriting, and playing guitar. Otherwise, I go home and spend time with my little brother. 

What is your greatest accomplishment since starting college?
First, stepping out of my comfort zone and truly being myself! I came to Midland not really knowing anyone so it was a great way to discover myself and find some true friends at college. I also became an RA which is an awesome way to meet people and challenge yourself! Second, in the spring of my freshman year, I was asked by my choir director if I would be interested in being the head producer for Midland's Spring Choir Tour. Having never been on the tour before I was super nervous, but excited to challenge myself. I made the itinerary, called and booked schools, churches, and lodging, managed the budget, planned the route, and adapted plans as things changed throughout the tour. The tour was successful, and I received a Midland Star for Quality at the end of the experience which was especially meaningful.

What do you want to do once you graduate?
I would like to continue in the radio business with production management and studio management. I'd like to start in Omaha, but hope to transition beyond as my career advances. I’m also planning on pursuing my music career and seeing if I can eventually make that my full-time career. 

What advice do you have for incoming Warriors?
When you come into a new environment, sometimes your first reaction is to please people and say 'yes' to every opportunity. Instead, challenge yourself to take a step back and see what is really manageable and what you can do amazing work on! Don’t overdo it, so you can still focus on academics success.

Who are you inspired by and why?
I’m inspired by the actress Viola Davis. During her acceptance speech during the Oscars she said, “I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” That small quote is so powerful, and it motivates me every day to pursue my passion for music because of the impact it can have on others!

During mission day, where did you volunteer your time?
I volunteered my time at Dunklau Gardens, home for the elderly. We sang, played games, and visited with the residents. I love learning about their younger years and the history they've lived through.

What’s your dining hall go-to?
Mashed potatoes. They've always been a favorite and remind me of home. 

Where’s your favorite quiet spot on campus to get work done?
In the past it was usually my dorm room or the Warrior Grille, but I think it’s going to be the new Eikmeier commons this year! It's nice and cozy for studying, and it’s next to the grille!