Lillian Hucke ’24  |   Published November 24, 2020

Legacy Freshmen

Large group of first-year students with family ties to Monmouth developing their own passion for the school.

MONMOUTH, Ill. ─ Every year, part of the new wave of students that arrives on campus has a family connection to Monmouth.

MADELINE BLAESING: Both of her parents attended Monmouth and graduated in the 1990s. MADELINE BLAESING: Both of her parents attended Monmouth and graduated in the 1990s.Sometimes, that connection is the reason those freshmen decide to become Fighting Scots legacy students. For others, Monmouth wins them over for other reasons.

Why Monmouth?

When starting her college search, Madeline Blaesing ’24 never thought she would attend a college that was only blocks away from her home. The daughter of Michael ’96 and Julia Westby Blaesing ’95, Madeline was regularly on campus for events such as the College for Kids summer enrichment program and All-Sports Camp. She finally decided that even though the College was so close, she wanted a similar experience to the one her parents had.

LOREN BERBERICH: Followed his father, Michael Berberich '94, to campus. LOREN BERBERICH: Followed his father, Michael Berberich '94, to campus.“I didn’t really want to come here at first because living in town, it was always right down the road,” said Madeline. “But hearing my parents’ experiences and how much Monmouth had impacted them, I knew that I would have a very similar experience if I came here.”

Loren Berberich ’24 of Port Orchard, Washington, felt the same way about attending Monmouth at the start of his college search. The son of Michael Berberich ’94, Loren never wanted to go to his dad’s school so far away in a small town in Illinois. At least he didn’t until he visited campus and began to understand why his dad loved Monmouth so much.

On Loren’s tour, he said he felt an immediate connection to the people on campus. He also loved the idea that he would not be lost in a crowd of students. He was excited to be part of small classes and be able to form relationships with his professors.

“A big wide smile came over my dad’s face when I told him of my interest in Monmouth,” said Loren.

Unlike Madeline and Loren, Cade Sharp ’24 of Aledo, Ill. always had Monmouth at the top of his college list. The brother of Conner Sharp ’20, Cade saw Monmouth on a deeper level because of their proximity in age, getting an early glimpse of what being a college student was like.

“I knew how great of a time Conner had and how much he enjoyed his time here,” said Cade. “I wanted a similar experience. I’ve been around Monmouth for much of my life, and it was always one of my top schools.”

Strengthened connections

Being a legacy student ensures a built-in link to alumni of the College, which Madeline, Loren and Cade all said has strengthened their relationships with their family as they bond over memories they’ve made on campus.

CADE SHARP: His brother, Conner Sharp, graduated from Monmouth last May. CADE SHARP: His brother, Conner Sharp, graduated from Monmouth last May.Madeline and her mother are both members of Pi Beta Phi women’s fraternity, while Loren and his father are Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members. Cade and his brother are both part of the Fighting Scots baseball program.

“Being able to tell my mom what I am doing in Pi Phi is comforting,” said Madeline. “My mom thinks back to her own time in Pi Phi, and we can talk about each of our experiences. It has definitely strengthened our relationship.”

Part of a group of 27 legacy students who are new to campus this year, Madeline, Loren and Cade are developing the same passion for Monmouth that their family members had before them, and they all said they are honored to be Monmouth Fighting Scot legacies.

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