Hometown: Atglen, PA
"Samurai" All Around Him
On his election to Honor Council chair: "I remember joking in my election speech that Davidson students are all samurais, because they are so honorable, disciplined, noble and straightforward. Cheating does happen from time to time, but oftentimes accused students are cooperative in hearings, and some even turn themselves in. It's humbling to meet someone like that."
Rickshaws and Kindnesses Abroad
On the Semester in India program: "For my independent research project, I walked around Chennai with a student translator and interviewed rickshaw drivers. Learning about them gave me an appreciation for international development. Then I got a summer fellowship with the Kiva Foundation, which links donors with microfinance borrowers worldwide. My dream is to work for the United Nations."
Seeing Life at Street Level
"I led an Alternative Break trip to Washington, D.C., where we simulated homelessness for 48 hours with a guide from the National Coalition for the Homeless. There was eight inches of snow the night before we started. The first night I didn't sleep a wink. We had to Dumpster-dive to get cardboard to sleep on. Then we were sleeping at the EPA building and got kicked out by the cops at 1 a.m. We hung out in restaurants as long as we could, panhandled for money, ate at a soup kitchen and chatted with other homeless people. It was shocking."
An Unlikely Frat Boy
"Davidson's robust spirit is marked by the students. That's where my passion for Davidson began during a campus visit, and that's where it still lies. I didn't expect to join a fraternity, but my brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon have become my best friends."
Loving World Lit
His first college English class was a world literature course. "I was scared about it and cowered in the back of the room at first, afraid that I'd be called on and have no clue. But it has turned into my favorite class. I realize now that life is reading, no matter what your job. It has raised a lot of philosophical questions about reading I had no idea I'd encounter. That's very exciting!"