Michael "Arron" Street

Q & A With Beckmann Scholarship Recipient

Michael "Arron" Street

Expected Graduation Date: June, 2014

Major: International Studies

Emphasis: International Security and International Development

Minor: Chinese

Community Involvement: World Trade Center Denver, American Legion, Volunteer at Creekside Elementary

Clubs/Sports: DU Friends of the Congo and DU Student Veterans Association

Jobs: Veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a humanitarian during Operation Unified Assistance in Banda Aceh, Sumatra in 2005 and as an Expeditionary during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom until being honorably discharged in August, 2008.

What are your hobbies?

When I am not studying or teaching my son, I have the luxury of participating in a pickup game of ice hockey at Joy Burns Arena or catching a St. Louis Blues game, on occasion. I also enjoy working out with my wife and enjoy walks with my dog Jameson.

How would you describe your experience at DU?

So far my experience at DU has been wonderful. The community is so inspiring, the faculty and staff are professional, courteous and resourceful, and the atmosphere is the perfect place for personal development. The university has the facilities and tools to make anyone feel at home. More importantly, DU has the provided a substantial amount of resources which are sure to benefit my career. I couldn't imagine the college experience any differently and I would encourage anyone who plans on attending a university in Colorado to put DU at the top of their list.

What the Beckmann Scholarship has meant to you?

The Beckmann Scholarship has provided me 'peace of mind' which has proven to be a crucial element to my academic success but more important is how it has allowed me to be a responsible parent and involved student. As a veteran, military spouse and parent, maintaining a peace of mind can be difficult. But thanks to John and Christa Lyons, I am now able to pursue my academic goals which will surely provide a better future for my family and hopefully the world. Without their support in the DU donor program I may not have sufficient means to be a superb student, husband, and father. Thank you!

What are your plans for the future?

Grad school? Too soon! I have always been interested in human security and, thanks to DU, I have become increasingly interested in international development. My intents are to serve the United States as an intelligence analyst and contribute to smarter and more efficient domestic and foreign policy.