What is the most influential book you have read besides the Bible? Why?
The book that influenced me the most at Geneva was Silence. I was truly moved by reading the book and watching the movie in worldview class. It made me realize how real Christian persecution in other countries is. There are people suffering for their faith right now and I have the opportunity to go to a school like Geneva where it is encouraged to express your faith. It was a very humbling experience reading this book and by the end, I was extremely grateful for what I have been given. I asked myself the question, if these people’s lives are literally on the line for their faith and they are still preaching the gospel every day, then why can’t I spread God’s love throughout my day?
What is your favorite or funniest moment at Geneva?
The funniest and probably most embarrassing moment at Geneva happened sophomore year in the first few months of the school year. It was a Friday and during lunch I unknowingly sat in beans. I was walking around the board walk and playing games with friends and little did I know it looked like I had messed my pants. Towards the end of the period someone finally pointed it out and I spent the rest of lunch in the restroom with my friends dying laughing and trying to scrub the beans out of my pants. Unfortunately, beans are hard to get out of jeans, so I walked around with a jacket tied around my waist for the rest of the day.
What will you miss most when you leave Geneva?
One of the things I will miss the most at Geneva is my friends and the tight community. Although I have only attended Geneva for three years, I have made life-long friends and countless memories.
Who has influenced you most while at Geneva, How?
The person who has influenced me the most at Geneva is Lily Langenbahn. To me, she is the perfect example of living like Christ. Her love for the Lord and others is so evident and she pours light into everybody’s day. Lily’s positivity is unmatched, and she inspires me to be better each and every day. I feel so blessed to call her a friend, teammate, and someone I can always count on.
What does being a Geneva student mean to you?
To me, being a Geneva student means only putting in 100%. The faculty and students always push each other to be the best that we can be. Everybody is all in at all times, and that’s what makes Geneva a special place. Being at Geneva and around so many amazing people, inspires me to strive for greatness every day.
How would you encourage a Geneva kindergartner to persevere?
I would tell them that no matter how frustrating school can be, it will always be okay in the end. Keep working hard, put in the extra time, and never give up. As George Herbert said, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” And although grades are important, don’t get caught up in trying to be perfect. It may be hard at first, but you will find a balance with school, sports, and friends. Live in the moment and take in all the wonderful experiences you will have at Geneva.
What about Geneva do you hope never changes?
I hope (and know) that the school sprit at Geneva never changes. Whether its supporting sports, fine-arts, or our houses, everybody is ready to cheer each other on. I love how Geneva students embrace each other’s differences and recognize each other’s unique talents. Geneva pride is something everyone on campus has and that is what makes our school so special.