JADE DOTY ’18 | CAVELIFE EDITOR •
LUKE DOUGHTY ’18
Why did you decide to go to Wabash? The schools I was looking at were Wabash, Butler University, and Calvin College. I knew I wanted to run cross country and track, and I knew I wanted a really good academic experience. I wasn’t looking for an all male school, but I went through the process of rejection and acceptance of that. Wabash was everything I wanted, and I understood that it was where I was going to end up so it was an easy decision. What struck me and convinced me is how strong Wabash is in academics and athletics.
How has being a student-athlete impacted your undergrad experience?
It’s been the most influential part of Wabash for me. I have close friends who aren’t in sports, but the Wabash Cross Country team is my second family. I found my best friends in joining the Cross Country team. I’ve stayed in contact with most of my teammates who have graduated over the years and I expect that to continue after I graduate.
For me, Cross Country is a good release. Everyday, I get to go to practice at 4:00 P.M. and forget about everything else. A lot of people say that being a student-athlete makes going to school harder, but I think it’s the opposite. It makes you structure your time. I live a healthy lifestyle, and in everything I do, I have a community that’s supporting me in the cross country team. It’s easy to feel lonely when you’re grinding during the week, but I’ve never felt lonely due to the support I have from the team.
Are there any certain experiences that have made an impact on you at Wabash?
I studied abroad in the fall of 2016. The experience just blew my mind. I grew up in a small town in northeast Indiana and being abroad just rocked my world. I studied at Oxford in the UK, and I just never thought something like that was possible. During my senior year of high school, studying abroad was just not on my radar and how it would be an opportunity I could have.
Wabash opened up a whole new world to me; I visited nine countries during that time. It’s just an experience that changes you. During that time, I found that half the learning was in the classroom and the other half was just in experiencing the world. I also help out with The Wabash Review on campus. It’s helped me to learn about event planning and budgeting. The club helps me with real world experiences and how to commit to something and follow through with it. I’ve also worked in the Writing Center the past three years and that has been a great experience. I love helping those in something that I’m passionate about, which is writing. I’ve had these great experiences because the amount of opportunities Wabash gives you. You won’t run out of opportunities; the only thing limiting you is your time, energy, and how much you care about something. I encourage all students at Wabash to consider studying abroad and join some campus organizations.
Is there a class or a professor that played a big part in academic experience?
I took ENG 202: Writing in Power and Grace with English Professor Jill Lamberton my freshmen year. I was a chemistry major at the time because I thought I wanted to do something that was cool and impressive, even though I didn’t tell myself that. But then when I took
Dr. Lamberton’s class, I was wowed. They don’t teach how awesome and useful English is in high school. When I walked into that class, my perception on English as an academic subject changed completely. We read Adrienne Rich, Edward Hoagland, Annie Dillard, and all these essays that talked about the lived experience and what it means to be in existence opened intellectual doors for me; what I read and learned in that class snowballed into me figuring out who I am, how I make decisions, who I want to be, what I care about, and what’s important to me. The class just changed the entire way I think about things and it got me excited about reading and writing which was something I hadn’t felt in a long time.
What are you reading right now and what music are you listening too?
I’m listening to BROCKHAMPTON a lot. I love their music and I’m currently writing a paper that will include their music. I just bought tickets to their concert in February, and I’m really excited. I love what the front man, Kevin Abstract, stands for and how he normalizes queerness in his music.
Currently, I’m just doing a lot of research for my papers right now, but I read Dubliners, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and this digital novel called “Queer Skins” over Thanksgiving Break. They were all for research but I enjoyed them. What are your plans after graduation?
Short term, I want to go to graduate school, and I’ve applied for a lot of fellowships. Some really cool news is that I just got into Cambridge University, so I might do that. I’m thinking about going to Texas where some of my family is to take a gap year and do some journalism work. If not, I’ll go into a masters program for english and it’s looking like that would be Cambridge right now.
Long term, doing research, being in the academy, and becoming a professor is appealing, but I know that job field is so competitive so I don’t want to put all my eggs in that basket. Journalism is something that I’m interested in; telling stories, promoting democracy through storytelling, uncovering certain truths about life through storytelling is something that I find very interesting, but there are a lot of paths I can take to do that type of work. But what Wabash has taught me, despite what a lot of people say, is that it’s not all about the career. The person I am now is so much more attuned to who I am and the life I want to live, which is so much more than a career. I’m excited because I think I’ll have a good career, but I’m not worried about it. I’m just thankful for the learning that Wabash has given me and how much it has enriched my daily life and how I think on a daily basis.
TREY HARDNEN ’18
Why did you decide to go to Wabash?
I knew I wanted a place that would challenge me and where I wouldn’t be able to hide in the background. I wanted a place that would force me to better myself because I knew that’s something I could do and I wanted to do, I just didn’t know how to do it. Wabash was the only school that I saw that could do just that.
How has fraternity life and the sphinx club impacted your Wabash experience?
Without Fraternity life, I wouldn’t be here right now. It’s such a great support system that has crafted a lot of young individuals in a positive manner. The fraternity is a place where a bunch of guys from different walks of life come together who are working towards similar goals; it’s a place that creates a bond with young guys apart from just going to the same school.
The Sphinx Club is really cool because it brings a wide variety of student leaders across campus together. I don’t consider myself a great leader, but the club exposes me to people who are. Its really cool to be involved in an organization that’s about preserving the institution on a student level; I think that’s an experience that’s very unique that you can’t find at other colleges. We’re given a lot of responsibility and we’re given the opportunity to help craft this institution without much guidance, which is just a really cool experience.
Are there any certain experiences that have made an impact on you at Wabash?
There are two major things that have impacted me during my time at Wabash. Being in charge of the Brew Society has been an awesome experience. The hoops you have to jump through to get funding for a club and have a club get recognized has taught me a lot about responsibility, and it’s awesome to see other people enjoy an activity that you put so much work into. The club also helped me get an internship at a brewery; there wasn’t any other applicants that brought in their own brew.
Study abroad can’t be played down in the slightest. I studied Arabic in Morocco this past summer, and I spent an entire semester there the fall of my junior year as well. Going somewhere where you are a minority, when