Majors: History and French
Year of Graduation: 2011
Extracurricular Involvement while at
Hobbies: Basketball (playing, coaching, and watching), country music, reading great books, yard games, bonfires, and learning.
Favorite Books: It’s hard to choose only a few, but I can say that the writings of Russell Kirk, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis have deeply impacted my life. Kirk’s Prospects for Conservatives and Roots of American Order, Chesterton’s Orthodoxy and Manalive, and Lewis’ The Great Divorce, The Four Loves, and The Abolition of Man are works everyone should read at some point in their lives. Other favorites include Dante’s Divine Comedy, Robert Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra, and John Wooden’s They Call Me Coach.
Favorite Hillsdale Memory: Again, impossible to choose just one. Some of my fondest Hillsdale memories are times spent with friends making midnight runs to the Dutch Uncle doughnut shop in Coldwater and early morning breakfasts with others at the Coffee Cup diner in town. Some of my best conversations and friendships were formed and fostered over these regular occurrences. The friends I met at Hillsdale will forever be my favorite memories.
Words of Wisdom: College is only four years, sometimes five. So don’t wait to be an active member of the college community! Get involved in activities, visit your professors in their offices, meet new people, and read great things. It’s easy as a freshman or sophomore to hold back and just go with the flow, but as I’ve learned, the best way to get adjusted to college is to dive right in. Take advantage of all the opportunities and especially all the people the College has to offer—before you know it, you’ll be walking across a stage with a diploma in your hand; but also, for my everyday life, I try to live by coach John Wooden’s counsel: “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
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