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Transfer Student Spotlight on Maddie Becker

Maddie Becker
Maddie Becker

UA Little Rock is highlighting some of its outstanding transfer students in celebration of National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 18-22.

Maddie Becker is a senior mass communication major and intern at KUAR who transferred to UA Little Rock from ASU Beebe.

What is your hometown?

I’m from Colorado Springs, Colorado, but I’ve lived in Jacksonville, Arkansas, for most of my life. My dad was in the United States Air Force and was stationed here when I was five. He ended up retiring here so I’ve spent most of my life in Arkansas.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 22 years old and the oldest of five children. I’m a senior at UA Little Rock. I’m a writer for The Forum. I work two jobs while being a full-time student. I work full-time at Subway and part-time at Tacos 4 Life. In my free time, I like to do DIY projects, go hiking, bake, listen to podcasts, work out, and hangout with family and friends. I love to travel and would love to have a career that allows me to travel.

Why did you decide to transfer to UA Little Rock?

I decided to transfer to UA Little Rock because it was close to home and the commute wasn’t bad. I didn’t want to go somewhere that would require me to be far from home. I also like that UA Little Rock is in Little Rock.. I feel like there are endless opportunities all around us.

I also knew people who went to UA Little Rock before I transferred, and they kept telling me about the professors and how they truly want you to succeed and they will do anything they can to help you. That pretty much sold me. During my time here, I’ve experienced that with many of my professors.

What is your major, and what do you plan to do after graduation?

I’m majoring in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. After graduation, I am open to any areas in communications but I would love to work in radio. My ultimate goal is to have my own radio show down the road.

What is special about being a transfer college student?

I transferred from Arkansas State University in Beebe, and transferring has opened up scholarship opportunities.

What opportunities have you gotten through UA Little Rock that you might not have had otherwise?

When I transferred to UA Little Rock, I started writing for The Forum, and that is what ultimately led me to the internship I have now at KUAR. And the internship I have at KUAR has led me to my internship at The Ronald McDonald House next semester. I truly believe if I wasn’t at UA Little Rock I wouldn’t have gotten these opportunities, and I couldn’t be more thankful!