Jared Beeson

Jason Beeson“Everyone faces obstacles during their lifetime,” says Jared Beeson, adding that “it is not the challenges we face that define us, but how we choose to react to [them].” If that’s how people are defined, then Jared can be defined as an inspiration. During high school in Oconee, Ill., he was a standout football star on offense and defense; ran varsity track; was a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) role model for younger students; a member of the National Honor Society; and served as a personal aide to a fellow high school student with cerebral palsy during the summer months.

Studying to become a family physician at St. Louis University will present many more obstacles for Jared, but he’s the type of person who is looking forward to each and every one of them. “I know my goal will take a lot of hard work, determination, and perseverance, but I feel prepared to take on the challenge.”