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Hannah Loechelt

Name: Hannah Loechelt
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: International Economics/ Spanish and Religion & the Arts
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Why did you choose Belmont?
I originally didn't look at even attending Belmont because it was in Nashville and so close to home. However, after the nudging of my parents and some friends, I came to campus for a visit and tour and all of my expectations were completely blown out of the water. I loved the campus because it was beautiful and so inviting. But even more, I loved the people. I loved seeing how passionate people were about what they were studying, whether that be music or art or physics or business. These were my kind of people, so a couple of weeks later I sent in my deposit and haven’t looked back since!

Why did you choose to be a Tour Guide?
When I was visiting universities in high school, my favorite part of the scheduled activities was always the tour. I looked forward to seeing where I could possibly be living and learning and where I would hang out with my new college friends. I wanted to see what would make that university feel like home, and much of that depended on the tour and tour guide. So when I came to Belmont, I knew pretty early on that I wanted to be able to paint that picture of home at Belmont for potential students, to show them the place that I so dearly loved, and that hopefully one day they would come to love too.

What is your favorite on-campus event?
Basketball. Games. I grew up watching college basketball with my family so when I came to Belmont and found out that basketball is one of our biggest sports, I was hooked. The games not only are so fun to watch, but it is a bonding experience of sorts that brings together students from every walk of life and every area of campus to cheer on the Bruins.

What is your favorite movie?
Good Will Hunting.

What is your favorite song & artist/band?
Currently: favorite song is “How Great” by Chance the Rapper. Favorite artist/band right now would have to be a toss up between Lord Huron and Jon Bellion.

What would you want to be your last meal on earth?
In honor of the great Leslie Knope, my last meal on earth would have to be a large breakfast consisting of chocolate chip waffles, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and a large cup of coffee from Frothy Monkey.

What is your favorite Nashville experience?
As a true Nashville native, this is a hard question because this place is truly home and I’ve garnered almost 22 years of great experiences here! That being said, one Nashville event I clear my schedule for every year is Live on the Green. Nashville really earns its title as “Music City” in those couple of weeks as many different artists take the stage for FREE (a college kid’s dream word) concerts every week. I’ve been able to see some of my favorite bands perform there, like Local Natives, Johnnyswim, and a couple of Belmont bands, as well!

What is your dream career after graduating from Belmont?
If I could land any job upon graduating, I would be a missionary who is an economic advisor for micro-financing firms in developing nations. I have a deep passion for economics and for using economics as a way to see people stuck in the rut of poverty flourish as individuals, but also to help them understand the gifts the Lord has bestowed in them to open their eyes to see the way the Kingdom of God is moving and working in their communities too.

What is your favorite class that you have taken at Belmont and why?
I took an Economic Growth and Development class my sophomore year of college that seemed to be catered directly to my passions and long term goals of trying to fight poverty. We did in-depth studies of multiple developing countries and analyzed the political and social causes of poverty in those areas. It was truly eye-opening!

If you could go back in time and give advice about college to 16-17 year old you, what would you say?
Stop stressing so much. Your years in college, while yes being academically important for future career goals, is also a beautiful time of individual growth in many areas of life outside of your grades. Choose the school where you can find your home team, your group of pals and mentors that will spur you on to greater things academically, socially, and spiritually.