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Caleb Bennett

International Admissions Counselor

Exercise Science

Graduated in 2011

Explain your career path

Personal Trainer (2011-2012)
Residential Counselor (2012-2013)
Missionary/Coach/Teacher (2013-2014)
Physical Trainer (2015-2016)
Admissions Counselor (2016-Present)

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

Exercise Science. I knew I wanted to help people and the healthcare field seemed like a wonderful way to do that.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Initially I was drawn to Southeast because of the distance from home (2 hours). Once I visited Southeast however, I fell in love with the campus and felt like I would fit in well. During my tour, I also met with a faculty member who made me feel like so much more than "just a number." The trip to campus really sealed the deal for me.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

I learned that the world was a lot bigger than my rural hometown in Illinois. While at Southeast I met people from not only around the country, but from around the world. This prepared me to move to a larger city after graduation, then to another country within a few years. The experiences I had and the lessons I learned while at Southeast played a major role in these moves.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Engaging Evolving Exciting

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

My education at Southeast was so much more than what took place in the classroom. It was the student organizations. It was life in the residence halls. It was intramural sports. It was the friendships with people from all over globe. It was this education that prepared me for my position working in higher education. Southeast taught me that the college experience is so much more (but also including)than inside a classroom.


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