• By Lauren Reeves

Senior Spotlight: Thea Bonebrake

For many students, college is a time to prepare for their future and study for a career. For senior Thea Bonebrake, college was also a time to make new lifelong friends and connections for her future.

Despite being from Minot, Bonebrake first attended Montana State University before returning home and attending Minot State University. Her reason for returning was that Minot State University was close to home and had people she wanted to connect with.

“The professors put in the effort to know their students by name and sincerely care about their well-being. I believe that is very beneficial to the students’ success at Minot State,” says Bonebrake. “In my three years at Minot State, I have met so many people that have truly changed my outlook on life. They are the highlights of each year I’ve spent at Minot State because without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. The courses that I’ve taken, the events that I’ve hosted and attended, and the interactions I’ve had in the hallways wouldn’t have mattered without those people.”

Along with being a student, Bonebrake has also found her place as a member and leader of MSU Life, which she says has changed her life for the better.

“I initially joined MSU Life because I was new to campus and wanted to find a place that I felt accepted and needed,” says Bonebrake. “When I walked into the first MSU Life meeting in the fall of 2018, I knew that I had come to the right place. MSU Life stands out from other clubs because it truly is inclusive to everybody on campus. It doesn’t matter what your major is, if you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or if you are an athlete. Other clubs are generally smaller, close-knit groups that have a specific smaller purpose on campus. MSU Life has the main goal of connecting those other clubs and students into a larger unit to help everyone find their home away from home on campus.”

Just as she made friends with her classmates and professors, Bonebrake also made friends with MSU Life members and workers.

“Working with Aaron Hughes (student activities coordinator) and Payton Bland (fellow student) has been one of the greatest things for me,” says Bonebrake. “They have pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and channel my creative side each and every day for the past three years. Another highlight would be interacting with all of the students through the events that we’ve created.”

As she wraps up her senior year, Bonebrake also added some advice for other students to learn from.

“My advice to other students is to take each day for what it is. Some days are going to be really hard, but others are going to be the greatest ever. Those highs and lows are truly what is going to make you a well-rounded person that can handle any situation that you get put into,” she said. “You also think that time is moving slowly, but the past three years have flown by and I wish I could repeat them again, so don’t wish it away!”

Bonebrake is a biology major, and hopes to attend medical school after she graduates in order to become a dermatologist.

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