Senior Spotlight: Interview with Ben Tucker

By Alaister McFarren

Q – What was it that brought you to Grace College?

BT – Well, my grandparents met here, and my older sister came here before me, so it seemed fairly natural to come here.  On the practical side, I did pretty well at the Presidential Scholarship Competition, so it was a good financial fit; Grace also took more of the many credits I earned during high school at a community college than any of the other places I applied to.  My senior visit really sealed the deal, since Grace just felt like the place where I belonged.

Q ­- What are you majoring in and what do you think of Grace’s program?

BT – I’m majoring in mechanical engineering.  Overall, I’ve had a good experience, but there have been some troubles with the Trine program.  Grace is getting its own program soon, which I wish more people knew about, but overall I’ve really enjoyed my major.

Q – What was your freshman year like?

BT –  It was fantastic.  I built a lot of quality relationships that I still have today, and really learned the importance of community.

Q – What did you think of your experience as RA of Indy 2?

BT – It was extremely rewarding.  I came in really excited to lead, but over the course of the year I ended up learning a lot as well.  In reality, I changed more than I led, and I think that was really good for me.  The time commitment was a bit rough, and it meant I couldn’t do some things I’d have liked to do, but I knew that coming in.

Q – What is your best Grace memory?

BT – That would definitely be playing the character of Stewart during Freshman Follies this year.  That was a blast.

Q – What are your plans after graduating?

BT – Ideally, I’d like to stay in the Winona Lake area and start to work.  I’ve made many best friends at Grace, and as a two-year senior I’ll obviously be graduating long before they will, so it would be nice to stay around them.  I also really love my church here, and I’d like to get involved in the children’s ministry there.  As for work, I’d love to get a research and development job, possibly in improving products, which I would enjoy much more than regulating duties.

Q – Do you have any advice for future Grace graduates?

BT – Make use of the time you have now because you’ll never have it again.  Make sure to invest in others while you’re here by passing on your knowledge, because someday they’ll have to do the same.  Build those relationships because they’re a way to leave a legacy, in a sense.  Also, don’t overlook the fact that you have a chance to study the world from a biblical perspective while you’re here, because that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.