Thomas Beaufort came to Monmouth University with dreams of becoming a medical doctor, prompting him to declare a health studies major. Yet, after working closely with academic and career advisors on campus, Thomas is participating a summer internship at a major financial firm with plans to enter the business world after his senior year.
“I just recently found out I wanted to do something in business, and if it wasn’t for my mentors on the Monmouth campus, I would never have known,” Thomas said. “The professors definitely prepare you and help you network. They care about you as individuals and they care about your success. Since my freshman year, Monmouth University has guided me.”
Thomas said he now wants to use his knowledge of business and health care to perform community service after graduating in 2015.
“I want to travel and go abroad before I start working,” Thomas said. “I would love to start a non-profit organization for underprivileged children. I’ve always been driven by service, it’s one of my passions.”
Organizations that helped me as a student
Monmouth University isn’t just giving a personalized education to Thomas — he is leaving his own personal touch on campus through his participation and leadership in student organizations.
“I’ve joined the Student Government Association, where I’ve served as a senator for three consecutive years,” Thomas said. “I also served as president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, became the community service chairman for my fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, and became a tour guide on campus.
“Being a part of these organizations has definitely shaped my experience here at Monmouth. I would also have to say that being a residential assistant and an orientation leader made me connect to Monmouth on a deeper level, because it was then that I was really able to share my story and leave my mark on campus. I am also a part of the student alumni association,
where I served as vice president during my sophomore year.”
My favorite Monmouth memory
It’s no surprise that, as a service-driven student, Thomas’s favorite memory is linked to Monmouth University’s single largest annual community service project, the Big Event, organized by the Student Government Association.
“My favorite Monmouth memory would definitely have to be the Big Event my freshmen year. I had always been a huge fan of giving back and doing community service. When I got to campus and saw we had a day set where everyone on campus goes into the community to help out and give back, it made me feel great to be a part of such a giving environment.”
In October 2014, approximately 400 Monmouth students,
faculty and staff will volunteer twenty-five to thirty Big Event sites in towns
near the University’s campus.