Anastasia Luc ’15
Anastasia Luc ’15 played trombone in her Northbrook, Illinois, high school marching band, and she wanted to continue in college. So she searched the Internet for “liberal arts college with a marching band” and found Butler.
On a campus visit, she met David McCullough, Director of University Bands, who spent two hours with her talking about Butler and the band. He gave Luc CDs of the band’s music and drove her and her father back to their hotel. During a subsequent visit, she met with the College of Education faculty.
“It was such a strong community that I couldn’t not go here,” she said.
She was too busy with school to play much in the marching band and basketball band after freshman year, but Luc had a busy four years that included: student-teaching from her first semester on; a work-study job in child care; the opportunity to author a book for children about Indiana history, “The Gifts of Indiana: A Tale of Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure”; and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies that taught her about mediating conflict.
“That was the best minor that could have complemented my major,” she said. “I didn’t go to college with the mindset that you’re there to get a job. You go to be more educated about what you’re passionate about and what you’re interested in.”
She studied abroad twice, graduated cum laude with high honors in the College of Education, and was awarded Outstanding Elementary Student Teacher of the Year.
Luc also was named a Top 10 student. She said that during the event announcing that honor, her mother became so overcome with emotion that Ena Shelley, the Dean of the College of Education, came over to comfort her. That, Luc said, shows how close the Butler community is.
“My brothers and sisters, they loved their universities,” she said, “but their dean doesn’t personally know them.”
Luc said she left Butler well prepared for her career as a teacher. She graduated on a Saturday (May 9, 2015) and started her job as a fifth-grade teacher at Eagle Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis two days later.
“I feel like I’m leaving as a professional and not a student looking for a job,” she said.