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Commencement Profiles

Timothy Beaucage '07 (College of Arts and Sciences)
Viewing the World with New Eyes

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Marcel Proust famously said, "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

It appears as though Fulbright Scholar Timothy Beaucage '07 has taken this sentiment to heart.

His wanderlust set in while Mr. Beaucage was a high school sophomore, when he partook in a People to People Student Ambassador Program to the British Isles for one month during the summer.

"That was it," he said. "After that, I knew that I wanted to be an exchange student after that."

Mr. Beaucage got the opportunity in September 2001 when he participated in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program, during which he lived with a host family and attended school in Germany for one year, an experience he describes as "wonderful."

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As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Beaucage will return to Germany once again in September as a teaching assistant at a German high school in the state of Niedersachsen, located in the Lower Saxony region of the country.

After his time in Europe, Mr. Beaucage plans to join the Peace Corps and head to Africa, preferably Tanzania or Madagascar, to work with children or on issues of sustainable agriculture, he said.

Mr. Beaucage would like to build upon the work he started at Adelphi to make a lasting impact on the world.

In his freshman year at Adelphi, Mr. Beaucage "begged and pleaded" to gain access to the Model UN course typically reserved for upperclassmen. As part of the course, he went to the United Nations in Manhattan and represented the policies of the Kingdom of Bhutan, a task which presented a formidable challenge, in part because of the South Asian country's relative obscurity.

"We really had to dig deep to find information," he said.

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During his college career, he further illustrated his commitment to global issues through his involvement with organizations such as Amnesty International at Adelphi, which he co-founded, and by acting as a student representative on Adelphi’s International Initiatives Committee.

Mr. Beaucage is a firm believer in the transformative powers of cultural exchange.

"(It) helps people encounter stereotypes and change them forever," he said.

By Erin Walsh

Photos by Willson Lee
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