“You only live once,” Beck said.
Beck may not be the typical college student, but he is the new face of USU-Moab’s student body as the newly elected executive vice president. This year, Beck says he has a plan to make USU-Moab the best experience for both the young and not-as-young students.
“Even though Beck is a seasoned adult and full of mature wisdom, he brings a youthful exuberance and enthusiasm to his vice-president position at USU-Moab that is extremely fun to be around and highly contagious,” said Steve Hawks, dean at USU-Moab.
“I want to make my mark and do my part in building the future of USU-Moab, the town of Moab, and our children’s future,” Beck said.
Beck did not make the decision to return to school on his own – fate did. He injured his back working in construction while building houses and now suffers from chronic low back pain. While he is continuing to explore his options, Beck said he plans to major in business, a field that he believes will fit well with his current skill set.
“I have a wife and three kids, two vehicles, and one house payment,” Beck said. “There was no other way to support my family.”
With most college students, dream jobs constantly change, but not for Beck.
Beck’s dream job growing up was to be a rock star, and his dream job now is to still be a rock star. Beck may be able to make that dream come true in his new position. One of his ambitions includes starting a USU-Moab band to bring music to the local community, in addition to a myriad of events and activities.
His family has lived in the area for six generations and is one of the primary reasons he chose to attend USU-Moab.
Being a local resident, Beck said he is inspired to help influence the local community to support the new campus and be involved with the school.
Already, he has provided a new study area for students at USU-Moab, school officials say. He has a back-to-school night scheduled and hopes to bring one of the oldest Aggie traditions, a block “A,” to Moab. The block “A” stands as a traditional monument of Aggie spirit where anyone can kiss their sweetheart on top of the block “A” on homecoming to become a “true Aggie.”
Even though he has been away from school for many years, Beck is also throwing himself fully into his academic studies.
“Aside from being a great student body officer, he is a great example of academic striving,” said Hawks.