SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: GRAHAM WOMBAT SIMPSONBy WHITLEY ARENS
Senior Graham Wombat Simpson, who comments on the accuracy of his middle name saying: “My middle name may or may not actually be Wombat. I’ll let you decide that for yourself,” is in a slightly different boat than the majority of seniors at GC. Following graduation this May, Wombat will still have another semester of classes to finish before he officially leaves Georgetown College.
Most of the reasoning for this predicament is the fact that it took him a while to figure out what he wanted to major in. As Wombat explained, he is “an Accounting major with an emphasis in exhaustion.”
The story behind this major choice is as follows: “I started out as a Computer Science major, but after a couple of actual Computer Science classes, I decided it wasn’t something I enjoy doing. So I took a couple classes I never really thought about taking (one of which was Accounting) and it just stuck with me.”
Related to this experience is the list of things Wombat would do differently if he were given the option to go back and relive his time at Georgetown. He explained: “I would have gone to Common Ground more…every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Also, I would’ve started my major Freshmen year. Taking 18 hours as a senior was a bad idea.”
Still, delay or not, Wombat has entered into his final year at GC and the time is winding down for him.
Looking ahead to the future, Wombat has a pretty solid plan for his life post-GC: “I’m immediately going to begin preparing for my public accounting certification and perhaps work at a bank local to home until I can save up enough money to take my certification test. After that, I would like to get a job as a public accountant to gain some experience in accounting.”
Looking even farther into the future, Wombat one day dreams of being a forensic accountant with the FBI. He explained this position as follows: “They investigate possible suspicions of fraudulent activity within a company or are hired by a company who may just want to prevent fraudulent activities from occurring.” I’m not an accounting major so that makes very little sense to me, but I think the FBI part is pretty cool.
In addition to being an occasion which often compels people to look toward the future, graduation also has a funny way of causing people to reflect on where they’ve been. Looking back on his time at GC, Wombat had a few comments to make.
First is his favorite Georgetown College experience: “My favorite experience had to be the three years I spent involved with Freshmen Family Groups (shout out to all my kids, Graham- kids, and great Graham- kids). I just love that tight-knit relationship you develop throughout the semester. Those people you experience God and life with each week really become like family as the semester goes by.”
Also in reflection, Wombat commented on how he feels the past four years have changed him: “I feel like I have become a lot more outgoing since freshman year. When I came here, I knew only a couple people that were even from my area. The first two weeks of Georgetown, I pretty much stayed in my room and kept to myself. But I finally met some awesome people (you know who you are) and they helped me become more sociable.”
Knowing this about Wombat, it’s no surprise that he offers the following self-learned advice to underclassmen: “Don’t be afraid to make yourself known on campus. The best way to meet new people is to get involved in different activities on campus. I recommend doing that…a lot.”
Another recommendation Wombat left for his younger classmates is “Go to Common Ground. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.” Hm. That sounds oddly familiar…
Honestly I could go on about Mr. Wombat here all day. But, as I am almost out of room, I’ll leave you with this fun fact. In Wombat’s words: “I used to have a glorious fro back in freshman/sophomore year.”
Spring Break leads students to different placesBy MATT ROSS
The week is here when Georgetown College students will travel everywhere from home, to the beach, to do mission work and more.
It is a week for students to get away from their studies and enjoy the beginning of the Spring season. After weeks of preparation and planning, Spring Break is here, and students are taking advantage of their week away from classes.
One of the most popular places for any college student to go over Spring Break is Florida. Junior Daly Wardlaw, who spent last Spring Break with Campus Outreach in Colorado, will be spending this spring break with the ministry again in Destin, Fla.
Outreach is taking a small group of students and hopes to have fun in the Florida sun, build relationships and study the Bible together. Wardlaw explained, “It will be a fun week with some of my good friends.”
While some students travel far away for spring break, others will not move at all and will be spending the week remaining at Georgetown College. This is the case for senior Trey LaVera who will be on campus all week practicing and playing baseball games.
La Vera states that, “It probably will not be the most fun I have ever had, but it is what you have to do to win a conference championship.” The baseball team will host games against University of the Cumberlands and University of Virginia Wise while traveling for a weekday game against Morehead State University.
The baseball team is not the only athletic team that will be on campus over Spring Break. The tennis teams will also be on campus for a few days over the break.
The teams will be traveling to Auburn Montgomery University for a tournament March 10 through 13. Freshman Natalie Hill says, “I am excited to play in this tournament, and I hope we win.” Both teams will be striving for their first victories of the season.
Another familiar place many students will be traveling to is their homes. While the trip might not be appealing to some, for others it could not be better.
“I am excited to be going home for Spring Break, and I hope to spend a couple of days in New York City,” explains Jessica D’Ambrosio. The sophomore will be traveling back to her home in Maryland.
Senior Brian Sterrett will also be making the trip home but is not quite as enthusiastic about the trip. “I will be in Louisville all week working at Dairy Queen. It will be nice to make some money,” he shared.
Freshman Clay Hall will be experiencing his first college spring break, and he is hoping to have a great week. The Lexington native will be driving all day to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with friends who attend the University of Kentucky.
“It will be a sweet time relaxing on the beach with some good friends from high school. I do not want to think about school all week!” Hall said.
Spring Break 2011 will be full of stories as students create memories of their week away from classes. It is a time when students can get away and enjoy a week of freedom.
Whether they spend the week at home, on campus, traveling with an athletic team, doing mission work or traveling to Florida to relax on the beach, Spring Break will bode as one of the most unforgettable weeks of the Spring semester