by Cori Hilsgen
Sam Bechtold says many of the world’s conflicts occur because of inequality. If he could change something, he would change that.
Bechtold says financial inequality often causes many conflicts.
“So many people throughout the world never get a chance to reach their full potential because they don’t have the means,” Bechtold said. “This often leads to conflict between the haves and the have nots.”
Bechtold recently graduated from the nursing program at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. He is a registered nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center.
“I’m really excited to be starting in the ER,” Bechtold said. ”It’s where I have wanted to work for awhile. I love the fast-paced atmosphere and never knowing what I will do or see.”
Bechtold is the 22-year-old son of Bruce and Pat Bechtold. He has three siblings: Mary, 20, Ted, 18, and Kate, 15.
Bechtold has been active as a nursing teaching assistant and playing intramural football, basketball, volleyball, kickball and ultimate Frisbee. He was the captain and coach of the 2011 intramural football champions called “The Blueberry Mancakes.”
Fun Facts about Bechtold:
Favorite subject: Nursing
“My favorite subject is nursing, of course,” Bechtold said. “It’s what I decided to do with my life and I love it.”
Favorite leisure activity:
Physical workouts, watching or playing sports, hanging out with friends, playing video games and watching television are all activities Bechtold said he enjoys.
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
“It’s a love story, but isn’t too sappy and it has great action and witty dialogue,” Bechtold said.
Favorite music: Johnny Cash
“He is great road-trip music,” he said.
Favorite restaurant and food: Gary’s Pizza
“I like the ‘House special’ from Gary’s,” Bechtold said.
Favorite thing he likes to help other people do:
“I enjoyed helping the younger nursing students learn through my teacher’s assistant position,” Bechtold said.
Where he sees himself five years from now:
“Maybe back in school to get an advanced degree,” Bechtold said. “I also would like to try flight nursing at some point. Hopefully have a family started by then, too.”
The thing he likes best about St. Joseph:
“St. Joe is such a great town,” Bechtold said. “It has that small-town feel, but it’s close to St. Cloud. It’s really the best of both worlds.”
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.