What is the most influential book you have read beside the Bible? Why?
I would have to say that the most influential book I have read would be The Euro by Joseph E. Stiglitz. Ironically, I bought this book before a long flight because my father told me to find something to read because it would make me more tired than the other alternatives. So I went to the small English section in the Zurich airport and picked a book that I thought would bore me to sleep. Well in all actually I stayed awake all flight reading this book. This book is influential because it made me realize that I had a real interest in Finance and economics, because of this book I am in the process of deciding between the two as my college major. This booked showed me my path for the future.
What is your favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
My favorite memory is not the normal stereotypical one. My favorite Geneva memory comes from my knee injury. It is my favorite because of the view it presented me with, the doors it opened to me. During my knee injury I was on crutches I had never realized how caring the Geneva community was. Every day someone would offer to help me, in one way or another. It is my favorite because it showed me how much the teachers, staff and students care about one another.
What will you miss most about Geneva?
I think I’ll miss the ability to give any sport or activity a try no matter what my skill level was. It is not like that at most schools and it most certainly won’t be that way in college.
Who influenced you the most while at Geneva? Why?
Rob Shelton, although I’ve had countless interactions with Mr. Shelton it isn’t those interactions that have influenced me. It is how he holds himself and his values that have. He is the type of man that I hope I can become in the future. A good leader, a decisive decision maker, a hard worker, a man of God—all of these are desirable traits that Mr. Shelton possesses and traits I hope to learn.
What does being a Geneva student mean to you?
A Geneva student is a child of God that doesn’t feel confined by what society says they should be. They embrace their passions and pursue their goals.
How would you encourage a Geneva kindergartner to persevere in school?
I would tell them to find happiness in the little things. The small moments with friends after inconsequential events, enjoy the ride. Everything you are doing is for the betterment of yourself, the effort you put into school is the effort you are putting into your future. I wish I would’ve realized earlier that school, although at times monotonous, serves as the perfect training ground.
What about Geneva do you hope never changes?
I hope that Geneva never loses the realization that small acts of kindness make all the difference. That they should always choose the kind way no matter how inconvenient it is.