Writing or talking about myself has always been, as I expect many can relate, uncomfortable. Defining one’s own identity, describing one’s own personality – this seems much more challenging than describing another person’s identity. And so, rather than try and fail to describe my identity, my personality, I’ll just describe a few hats I wear. Hopefully in this way, I can introduce myself enough that you can fill in the blanks after our first cup of coffee.
From a young age, I’ve been a church-attender. Going to church was never a question but an expectation as a member of the family. This is not to say that I didn’t want to go to church. I very much enjoyed my childhood in the church.
It’s hard to say when I became a believer. In my eyes, to be a believer means prioritizing one’s faith above everything else. Regardless of when this became a reality in my life, I am proud to say that I am a believer and I do my best to prioritize my faith above everything.
Drinker… of Coffee
Being a coffee snob on a college budget is hard but somehow, I make it work. Coffee has been a constant in my life for longer than I can remember. At 6’1”, I suppose I’m living proof that coffee does not stunt your growth, no matter how early you start.
I believe coffee is a powerful thing. In my experience, it can fuel productivity, brighten people’s days, and, for us next-level coffee-drinkers, cure the occasional headache. But in all seriousness, I do believe coffee is a great vehicle for creating and building relationships as well as a great excuse to sit in a coffee shop and catch up on reading or Bible study.
If you’re new to the coffee shop lifestyle (yes, it is a lifestyle), please don’t hesitate to reach out for recommendations. Maybe I’ll even buy your first cup.
Top three questions asked of 18 to 25-year-olds:
Are you in school?
Where do you go?
What are you studying?
Yes, University of Tennessee Knoxville, currently open to suggestions. Indeed, I am in school. This semester (Fall 2017) marks the start of my third year at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (GO VOLS!). After three semesters of engineering and a brief jog through the School of Business, I’ve landed firmly in the ‘undecided’ camp. And so, my answer to everyone who asks for my major: “I’ll get back to you.”
Sports have always been an interest of mine. I played soccer into the high school at which point I quickly fell in love with Ultimate Frisbee. Both more physically and mentally demanding than any other sport I’ve ever played, Ultimate is an important part of my life now. I play for the University of Tennessee Ultimate Team and coach my high school alma mater, which just so happens to be the 2017 High School Tennessee State Champions.
Ultimate Frisbee has given me some of my best friends, included me in an awesome community of people, and provided a much-needed avenue for relieving stress and having fun. Oh, and it forces me to stay in shape.