“Fellow Mac students exposed me to different perspectives on topics ranging from movies and music to religion and politics.”
—Alec Beatty

As a student-athlete, I wanted to attend a college where I could participate in a serious athletic program while also receiving a world-class education. It was my mom’s advice that simplified the decision process, as she told me, “Go to the school where, even if after a year or two you’re not able to play sports anymore, it’s still the right fit for you.” So I visited Mac, and after meeting coaches and students, and exploring a beautiful and tight-knit campus, Macalester was an easy choice.

Alec Beatty at the Vikings’ stadium, six miles from campus, with friends

Four years later, I feel lucky to have played sports throughout my entire college career and to have formed relationships with teammates, classmates, and professors that have helped me develop as an athlete, student, and person. Through sports, I was welcomed into a competitive team that also valued academics and supported me in other interests, too. Fellow Mac students exposed me to different perspectives on topics ranging from movies and music to religion and politics. And the opportunities to attend concerts, sporting events, and political gatherings throughout the Twin Cities were invaluable to me, whether as ways to take study breaks or to get involved in the real world.

At the end of my college career, it is clearly the people I interacted with on a day-to-day basis who shaped my experience.

Sidenotes

Hometown: Topeka, Kan.
Position: Receiver
Major: Political science
Award: Named to the 2018 Division III Coaches’ All-America second team by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)

Honors:
• 2018 Midwest Conference Offensive Skill MVP
• Single-season record holder: receiving yards and touchdowns
• Career record holder: receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and total touchdowns

Mac History: Beatty is the first Macalester football player to be named an AFCA All-American since the coaches association began selecting All-America teams in 1945.

 

February 27 2019

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