Sam Tippetts, Geneva Class of 2014, is the first alumnus to be spotlighted in The Eagle Eye. Here are his responses to a standard set of questions which will be given to an alumnus to answer each quarter.
Sam spent his summer in Africa documenting an environmental science project with Texas Christian University through photographs and videos. Sam is earning a double major in Film/ Television/Digital Media and Advertising. He will graduate in May 2018.
How were you impacted by your trip last summer? What was something you learned about yourself and God’s world?
All of God’s creation points back to Him. It was incredible to spend time in this awe-inspiring environment and realize that it is merely a fraction of His glory. Romans 1:20 – “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
In what ways did your Geneva education/training prepare you for the work you are doing now?
Geneva taught me how to be articulate, both in writing and in speaking. Knowing how to communicate well has been an invaluable skill in the work I do.
Please describe the most significant value you learned from Geneva.
Geneva really taught me to ask questions and think for myself before accepting something as true.
How would you encourage Rhetoric students to make the most of their Geneva years?
Hang out with Mr. Johnson as much as possible.
Describe Geneva in one word. Explain.
Community. Geneva is a body of Christians that loved and supported me while I was there. Now, even though I graduated and moved to a different city, I still feel a part of that community.
Please share one or two of your Geneva extracurricular activities and then contrast that with one or two of your current non-work activities.
I played football and soccer in high school so when I came to college I knew I needed to find some sort of athletic hobby and it ended up being rock climbing.
What are your future career goals and how do you feel prepared for them? How has Geneva been a thread that has connected you to your work now and what you see yourself doing in the future?
I’d like to live on a sailboat, so I guess the Senior Trip to Europe inspired me to see more of the world.
Sam created this video of his 12-week TCU intern trip to South Africa to document an environmental science project under the direction of Dr. Michael Slattery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idXQ4il1Qbg#action=share
Sam’s Planet Rhino video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZOIcWGG4hw&feature=youtu.be
Sam’s portfolio: https://samtippetts.myportfolio.com