Meet Your Counselor: Emily Beckman
Name: Emily Beckman
Hometown: Villa Park, CA
Degree: All degrees at Concordia University Irvine
Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction '06
Teaching Credential '97
Lutheran Teaching Certificate through Christ College '96
BA Liberal Studies and Art '96
Hobbies: I love painting, singing, hiking, fishing, spending time
with my husband, friends and family, fashion, gardening, going to the movies, being
at the beach, visiting Yosemite, church, and traveling.
About Me: I am a former teacher. I used to teach at Christ Lutheran
Church in Brea, CA. I taught 2nd grade, Choir and Art. I then came to Concordia
and I have been working here for 9 years in Admissions. I love working with high
school students and their families.
How has college transformed you?
Transformed? I think I am a work in progress! College prepared me for so many things.
I had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and Asia which opened my eyes
to being aware of different cultures, lives, foods… Religiously I grew as a Christian
in college, which equipped me for my marriage, my life, and my relationships. My
faith is my whole foundation. Lastly, the one on one personal attention at Concordia
helped me learn about what kind of student I was and prepared me to further my education
and I was encouraged to chase my dreams!
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Go where you feel the right fit is for you. Visit the colleges of your choice. Pray
about it. I believe that God has a plan for you. There is something to learn from
every experience that is placed in front of us.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Orange County, California?
Great weather and beautiful setting! Irvine is in the center of all kinds all kinds
of activities! The beach is 15 minutes away! I had a job in Laguna Beach when I was a
student here. Snowboarding is 2 hours away. LA is 45 minutes (without traffic.)
There is all kinds of shopping all around us. The Orange County Performing Arts
Center is 15 minutes away!