Scholar Stories: Beaty Doubles as Student-Athlete and Mentor


Scholar Stories: Beaty Doubles as Student-Athlete and Mentor

Continuing the series that began in 2016-17, each Wednesday will spotlight a Michigan student-athlete and his academic pursuits. Here are our stories of scholar-athletes, brought to you by Absopure.

By Catherine Heher

Nick Beaty constantly walks the line between student and teacher.

He is a student-athlete as the senior member of the University of Michigan men’s tennis team and a graduate student of the School of Social Work. However, Beaty’s six years on the team and his postdoctoral ambitions place him just as often in the role of mentor or role model.

Beaty’s world is often an exchange between learning from those around her and offering her own wisdom and experience in return.

He was a psychology major in Michigan, with a particular interest in developmental psychology.

“Watching a person’s lifespan and how the mind develops and changes over time was super cool and kind of changed the way I see the world,” he said. It was these interests that brought him to the School of Social Work, where he is pursuing a degree in Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Addiction.

Beaty also learns a lot outside of the classroom. He is currently an intern at Eastern Michigan University’s Student-Athlete Support Services, where he gets a first-hand view of what it’s like to work in counseling and mental health.

He is also happy to acknowledge that he is still honing his skills on the pitch and as a leader.

“I’m in sixth grade now, and I always feel like I’m learning new things,” Beaty said.

One of Beaty’s most telling characteristics is her ability to learn and embrace moments of imperfection. Beaty, like many student-athletes, is open about the challenges of balancing school and sports. Looking back, there are times when he wished he had prioritized one thing over another.

“There are trials over a long period of time and you have to collect data on yourself,” he said. “You learn from your mistakes.”

While he is constantly learning, such wisdom and experience has led Beaty to fit many leadership roles as well. He often taught tennis lessons to his country’s children in Wayzata, Minnesota during breaks, imparting his knowledge and support. At Michigan, Beaty often makes it a point to help his young teammates adjust to college life and overcome some of the things he’s struggled with in the past.

In many ways, her internship at Eastern Michigan represents a perfect fusion of her passions. This gives him the opportunity to explore his interests in psychology and mental health, while mentoring student-athletes.

“It’s a two-way credibility issue,” he said.

On the one hand, Beaty is uniquely equipped to support student-athletes, given that he is one. However, he must be careful that the lines between mentor and peer do not become too blurred.

As Beaty completes his final year on the Michigan team, this conflict will become less pervasive. That said, her process for navigating such a dynamic represents the core of who Beaty is. If he will not always be a student-athlete, he will always be someone who learns from what life gives him, and in turn redistributes it.

While he remains in Ann Arbor, he hopes to eventually hire his own clients through his current internship. He also plans to stay involved in the world of Michigan tennis as a graduate assistant coach.

Beaty is still figuring out his specific long-term career goals, but these two upcoming opportunities give a good idea of ​​the kind of work that matters to him. He knows that advocating for and encouraging others will be an important part of his job, regardless of his career choice.

“Helping others is something I really enjoy doing,” Beaty said, “whether it’s pushing someone in training or helping other student-athletes who are in similar positions. to those I occupied.”

Ultimately, it seems like it’s mostly focused on supporting college-aged people. From her education and personal experiences, Beaty understands that the early years of adulthood are among the most important in a person’s life.

“Being a student-athlete in Michigan and being part of our culture in the tennis program has really shaped the way I live my life.” he said. “It was one of the most transformative experiences anyone could have.”

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