Hannah Welte (she/her), a senior at Beloit College, is interning this fall as part of her Psychology Practicum and capstone experience. A Biology and Psychology double major, Hannah hopes to pair her work at The Confluence with research into how nature affects people with psychological disorders. She’s especially interested in the concept of grounding with the earth. For example: She didn’t wear shoes on a recent hike and noticed touching the earth helped ground her emotions. Hannah wants to attend medical school and become a neurologist. First, she will take a gap year, perhaps working as an emergency medical technician or in a dialysis or cancer center. She’s from Clinton, Wis., and has family members who live in the South Beloit and Roscoe area. Like her, they didn’t know about The Confluence until recently. “It’s just 5 minutes from here and I had no idea this place existed,” she said.

Julie Bach (she/her) is an intern this fall with the Community Connections course at Beloit College. Julie, a sophomore, is from Ba Ria-Vung Tau City in the south of Vietnam and has studied English since the sixth grade. She intends to major in Quantitative Economics and pursue a career in data analytics. She is using her data visualization skills to help with our annual report. While attending a recent board meeting, she was impressed by the strength of board members’ connection with The Confluence. A self-professed homebody, Julie has nonetheless enjoyed the opportunity to hike our land and explore its natural resources. She is still adjusting to American phrasing and the different food here. “I miss every dish that my mother makes, especially Vietnamese broken rice and banh mi,” she said. 

We are very grateful for Hannah and Julie!