Marlin Miller Outstanding Senior Award Winner
Beryl Torthe found the diversity Alfred fostered impressive when she began considering colleges. Despite its small student population, many people at AU come from all over the nation and the world. Raised in the sprawling, urban environment of Pretoria, South Africa, Beryl worried about culture shock and homesickness when she decided to attend.
Beryl looked forward to experiencing an American classroom setting and making friends. She also eagerly anticipated her first “real winter.” Her wish was granted, and during blizzards, she reminisced about the weather in South Africa. However, she came to appreciate the change of seasons, calling it “truly a magical experience.” She recalls her first Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Groundhog Day as some of her fondest memories of Alfred.
Beryl graduated with a BA in psychology in 2018 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree. The lack of taboos in psychology as well as the field’s commitment to improving the human experience is what Beryl finds most rewarding about her studies. She enjoys addressing social issues in a candid, direct manner.
My Life at Alfred and Beyond
Here are just some of the clubs, places and activities I love:
My Hobbies & Interests
Women's Tennis, Team Captain, Empire 8 Athletic Conference President’s List
Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Psi Chi, Pi Gamma Nu, Chi Alpha Sigma
Student Saxon Circle, Co-Founder
Saxon Nation, Member
Village of Alfred’s Spirit of Service Award Nominee
New York State-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
A.E. Crandall Hook and Ladder Company, Volunteer
My Favorite Places
The Woods of Alfred
- Social Justice
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Planned Giving
- Student Life
- Professional Development