What is the most influential book I’ve read besides the Bible?
Silence by Shusaku Endo is easily the most influential book I’ve read. It is not a happy or feel good book by any means. This book looks at what real persecution is like in parts of the world that we as Americans are fortunate enough to not be at. Silence deals with multiple questions that I have had about my own personal faith with the topics of apostasy and living in secret. It is an absolute must read!
What is my favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
My favorite moment I’ve had at Geneva is easily the Junior Europe trip. It was such an adventure to be a part of and a great bonding experience for me and those who were on the trip. I know I will remember that trip for the rest of my life.
What will I miss most when I leave Geneva?
I will miss the people at Geneva that I have formed great friendships with. They have helped form me into the man I am today. I am forever grateful for that. Knowing we are all going our separate ways after this year seems strange to me, but it is a very real situation. Thank you for all that you have done for me.
Who has influenced me the most while I was at Geneva?
Although he no longer is a faculty member at this school, it’d have to be Aaron Southwick has influenced me greatly. He taught me so much more than history and literature; he taught me how to live as a Godly man. I have so much respect for him and I hope he is doing well in California with his family.
What does a being a Geneva student mean to me?
A Geneva student always pursues excellence in everything he or she does. They strive to do the best they can in academics, athletics, relationships, spiritual growth, and extracurriculars. They are well rounded and know how to think critically. With a Christ-centered worldview, they view life as a gift, and they push themselves to whatever their personal goal may be.
How would I encourage a kindergartner to persevere in school?
I would tell kindergartners that Geneva gets so much more fun the more you go on. You make friendships that can last a lifetime. You form bonds with your peers much stronger than you realize. Every day you have on this earth is a gift from God, He has an almighty perfect plan for you. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. I would encourage others to seek God and love others.
What about Geneva do I hope never changes?
I have loved the fact that the teachers and the students have such a close relationship with one another. The teachers truly care about what the student’s aspirations are and who they want to become in their future. I have had multiple relationships with teachers that I have cherished throughout my entire time at Geneva. I have loved every minute of these relationships.