What is your mission?
an Interview with Beth Adubato (Rutgers)
Q4Colleges: So what’s your personal mission and how did you come by it?
Beth: Well I was thinking about it and it sounds like a Miss America answer; I hate to say it but it’s really true. My personal mission is to make use of all the talents I was given, and try and help and inspire people to do the same. And to raise a child that has the same sense of caring about community.
I do have to say that my grandparents were a big influence. Today I’m not the Catholic of the year because I haven’t been to church in a long time, but the nuns in school really formed who I am. I may not get this story exactly right, but in my little first grade head the most important thing that I remember was a story about a father who gave his two children an equal number of talents. One of them buried the talents to save them while the other one went out and spent all the talents. The father was happier with the one that spent the talents. And the nuns would say that when you are given abilities from God it is your responsibility to use them all.
So this was a really big deal to me when I was in first grade. It probably created a lot of havoc in my life because I am doing so many things, but my life’s mission is to use all my talents and help others do the same.
Q4Colleges: That explains so much. I’m sitting here looking at your LinkedIn profile: lecturer, news anchor, actress. Your education is very eclectic. You’re a polymath, and I’ve talked to people who ask, “How come there are no polymath majors and polymath departments at universities?” Your story is superb.
Beth: That’s the story.
Beth Adubato has her MA and Ph. D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and her MPAP in Public Afairs and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She is an undergraduate lecturer in Criminal Justice at Rutgers, as well as an actress, journalist, and television news anchor. She is currently working on a book.