Students answer a pressing question
If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?By JOEL FEDERSPIEL
One of the questions typically asked on the senior spotlight is “If you were trapped on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?” This question usually provokes a wide range of responses that are often throught-provoking and sometimes downright hilarious. With that in mind, this editor decided to ask the question to this week’s senior spotlight and to The Georgetonian staff. Here are their responses:
Rebecca Thompson said “This is a silly question, because why would you ever end up on a desert island with only three things? At the very least you would (hopefully) have your clothes, which is (hopefully) more than three things anyway, and you can MacGyver that stuff to your advantage. Plus whatever bag or purse you had with you, since I assume you would crash onto a desert island from a plane or a boat, so that’s a whole lot more stuff I could bring. If I were going to have to live on a desert island I would need music and some books, preferably a few favorites and a few I had not read, and definitely a toothbrush, and glasses since my contacts probably wouldn’t sustain me for very long, and my Chacos and my North Face for good measure, and all my family and friends, and the cast of Gilligan’s Island, because they did pretty well. But then I guess it wouldn’t really be deserted. Fortunately, except for the Chacos and the North Face and all of my family and friends, I usually carry the rest of those things in my carry-on, so I should be good if I crash onto a desert island.”
Andy Russell listed off: “A dog, Skippy with honey [this is peanut butter] and a female companion.”
Lauren Cornele said that she would want “a machete, my Nook and a satellite phone and a way to recharge it.”
Whitley Arens also wanted some of the comforts of modern technology as she listed her three items: “my Blackberry and a way to charge it, a Kindle and a way to charge it (also Wi-Fi access) and a specific male companion.”
Evan Harrell followed Whitley’s example and decided to bring “my iPod, my computer and my tuba.” Presumably he also will have some way to charge the electronics.
Tori Bachman-Johnson had these items on her list “the Riverside Chaucer, the Riverside Shakespeare and a gallon of milk.” She explained her list saying “I am going to live off the literal brownie points I get from my professors for the first two items, hence the milk.”
Ava Jordan said she wanted “rope, a large blade of some sort and a lighter.”
Hillary Jones decided on “a lifetime supply of insulin, my iPod and coloring books and crayons.”
Victoria Engelhardt said that she would want “Mountain Dew, my iPhone with internet access and the Words with Friends application and my iPad.”
For my part, I would want to have Yoda with me so that I could learn the ways of the Force, a self-powered, air-conditioned domicile and a hovercraft.
Christmas looms near earlier each yearBy AVA JORDAN
It’s that time of year again and it has been for a while. Christmas is right around the corner, but anyone visiting any major chain store has been exposed to Christmas merchandise, colors and designs since October. Even the New York Times has commented on this Christmas in October phenomenon. Yes, that’s right. Not only has Christmas overtaken Thanksgiving, it is beginning to overshadow Halloween as well.
While Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most lucrative holidays around, it is arriving earlier and earlier each year, much to the disappointment of fans of other holidays. If Christmas continues to attempt to expand its marketing potential by lengthening the official shopping season, even more holidays will go the way of Arbor Day and Groundhog Day— that is, to the back of our collective consciousness—and Christmas in July will no longer be a goofy sales phrase for stores making major summer markdowns.
If this expansion of the Christmas calendar continues, the entire United States will become a strange version of Christmas Town within a decade or so. While a neverending world of Christmas could be interesting for a short time, major issues could arise from the Christmas-madness that would ensue.
One possible consequence of perpetual Christmas is massive economic collapse. To maintain a competitive edge in this Christmas-filled future, all major stores would have to continually provide competitive pricing for all of their products, especially those likely to be popular several months into the future. This additional competitive aspect would either drive prices down to the bare minimum or lead to a consortium of major companies specifically designed to set prices. In either case, customers would begin to suffer.
In the second case, prices would likely be set to levels that would make consumers cringe as they stumbled around stores in search of the next big product.
In the first case, the competition and drastically falling prices would lead to sweatshop production hitting an all-time high and greater outsourcing of jobs. No matter which direction it takes, this semi-hypothetical Christmas world would lead to economic failure in America.
Though Christmas is supposed to be a happy holiday, allowing it to continue to expand and eventually encompass the entire calendar can only lead to chaos and destruction. And, more importantly, we might forget Halloween.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: REBECCA THOMPSONBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
Since coming to GC in the fall of 2007, Rebecca Thompson has traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Spain and Brazil.
She has performed a senior solo as part of the Tiger Symphonic Band and spent countless hours supporting the Tigers with the pep band.
She’s served on the Campus Ministry Team, mothered and grandmothered a slew of children as part of Freshman Family Groups, studied at the University of Oxford for two terms, survived honors classes and started work on a senior thesis. And she’s been singing the entire time.
Anyone who has spent any significant amount of time around Thompson has heard her sing..and sing… and sing. “I’m kind of always singing,” she admitted when asked how friends would describe her. When asked to describe herself in one word, she said, “Woah.”
Similarly, when asked how she feels about graduating, her response was, “Ayayayayayaya.”
“I can hardly believe I am so close to being finished,” she elaborated, “and I do feel like I am older. I feel like it is time to move on now, and that is as it should be, so I am excited to see what is coming next and where I will end up.”
As for how she ended up at Georgetown, Thompson feels that GC chose her more than she chose GC. It wasn’t her first choice, but she wanted a small, private college in a Christian environment, and GC made her scholarship offers that she couldn’t refuse.
“I could not be more thankful that I ended up here,” she said. “It has been exactly the right place for me…I feel like Georgetown has helped to make me a better, wiser, more accepting, and more mature person, student, believer and world citizen. I know that I would probably have grown up a lot anywhere else I may have ended up for four years, but…the experiences I have had, and especially the people who have been in my life because of Georgetown, have shaped me in a way no place else could have.”
Among the experiences she’s had at Georgetown, Thompson lists some of her favorites as attending a Goo Goo Dolls concert with friends during her freshman year, playing with the Fighting Tiger Grrr…Pep Band at sporting events, and studying at Oxford last spring.
And among the people in her life at Georgetown is Thompson’s boyfriend, senior Coran Stewart. “I have been dating Coran for a little over two years and it has been a whirlwind of a time,” she said. “He is pretty incredible and our adventure together so far has been interesting and wonderful. Georgetown would be a very different place for me without him, and I am thankful that we both ended up here since it was neither of our first choices.”
Thompson is also thankful for her family, including her aunts, uncles, cousins, sister, and parents. Though her parents now live in Ashland, Thompson hails from Flatwoods, Ky.—”THE HOME of Billy Ray Cyrus!” she pointed out.
Now a Psychology major, Religion minor, Thompson took several semesters to make her choices.
She initially intended to minor in Spanish after falling in love with learning the language during her freshman year Spanish 101 class. However, after studying Pauline Literature at Oxford, it was more practical for her to switch to a Religion minor.
As for her major, Thompson “fumbled around in a bunch of gen eds” before deciding on Psychology. “Dr. McKenzie’s General Psych class trapped me in,” she explained.
“I have been so intrigued since then by the window psychology creates into the human experience.” Her favorite class, Fieldwork Psychology, allowed her to spend several hours each week at the Children’s Montessori School of Georgetown, where she will be working next semester as an Assistant Teacher. Thompson also hopes to work with children after she completes school, and is currently applying to clinical psychology programs.
Thompson is passionate about personal accountability, proper hydration and having peace and patience in her life (she might be passionate about alliteration as well). She enjoys sweet potato fries dipped in honey mustard from the Grille, the book and movie “Gone With the Wind,” the color blue, making lists and organizing things.
“When I was a small child I had manila folders in which I filed all of my coloring pages and drawings and they were labeled with things like ‘Black and white drawings’ and ‘holidays’ and ‘flowers.’ It was weird. It still is.”
Looking back on her college career, Thompson said the one thing she would’ve done differently is completing more reading assignments for her classes. “Except to be honest, I probably would not have. I would like to have done more reading for my classes, but I probably would not change it if I could go back and do it over,” she added.
Her advice for freshmen? “Get some sleep. For real. No FOMO (fear of missing out)…and just go to bed. But also take advantage of every moment. I know everyone is telling you it will be gone before you know it, but it really will be. And know that every moment counts, so do not slack off (too much…). And do not skip class (very much…), because it is a waste of money, even if it is not your money you are wasting. But recognize that college is about what you learn outside of the classroom as much as it is about your homework. And do not worry about your GPA. I learned so much in Dr. Hadaway’s Honors Ethics class freshman year, and got the worst grade I have ever, ever gotten in a class. I am thankful for that less-thanstellar grade.”