I should probably say like the entirety of The Harvard Classics or something equally scholarly and pretentious, but honestly, The Giving Tree (not even kidding; I’m obsessed with emotionally-moving kids’ books) or a collection of Mary Oliver poems or something like that has been the most influential to me.
What is your favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
I could list dozens of favorite moments but the first that came to mind is a time in Mr. Tye’s class my sophomore year. Looking at Mr. Tye, you may think he’s not at all intimidating, but let me tell you, he’s quite scary when he’s angry (to quote Shakespeare very out of context: “Though she be little, she is fierce”). Anyway, Scott and I were sitting in the back of his class and we found a bag of marshmallows. We thought it would be a good plan (and honestly, it was a good plan) to bite them in half, lick the inside and throw them on the ceiling. Mr. Tye (already upset) turned around from writing on the board and a poorly-timed marshmallow unstuck itself from the ceiling and fell on our heads. Oops.
What will you miss most when you leave Geneva?
I will definitely miss the tree that got demolished in front of Dr. Rosheger’s room—may it rest in peace (and may the weird chunk of boardwalk that’s trying to replace it know that it can never compare). And I mean I guess I’ll miss the community or friends or teachers or whatever.
Who has influenced you most while at Geneva? How?
There are tons of people who have had huge impacts on me over my past 13 years here (Mr. Johnson, Dr. Rosheger, Mr. Milam, Ms. Vaughn, Mrs. Ward, the list goes on) but for the sake of space wherever this is being published, I’ll stick with one. Mrs. Davis, in addition to influencing me mathematically, has influenced me spiritually. She’s always been available to talk with me about anything and has taught me so much about hospitality, patience, love and walking with the Lord. Watching her inspires me to grow daily in my faith.
What does being a Geneva student mean to you?
I mean, I think very, very basically it means following Christ and loving others. Everyone always talks about “the community” at Geneva, but all that is about is the people. In order to keep that “community,” the students have to follow Christ, love others, work hard and be involved. But read the Portrait of a Graduate, whoever wrote that is much more eloquent than I.
How would you encourage a Geneva kindergartner to persevere in school?
This isn’t going to be convincing to a kindergartner, but have a bedtime (no joke, and take advantage of having a literal nap time worked into your daily routine while you have the chance). People in Rhetoric School are always like “I stayed up till 3am this morning doing homework.” Bad plan. If you’re like me, that will result in an exhaustion no amount of coffee can remedy, so go to bed at like 10:30 and hope for the best during whatever test you’ve got the next day.
If you could change anything at Geneva, what would it be?
The tuition? Ha.