Name: Spencer Durham
Parents: Kenny and Jessica Durham
Class Year: 2017
Favorite food: Pasta/pizza
Extracurricular activities: Executive Editor for The College World, yoga, pickup basketball,backyard baseball
Hobbies and interests: Writing, reading, baseball, college basketball, politics, social issues,watching movies, hanging with friends
Plans after graduation: A great question without a great answer. I don’t know yet. Nothing set in stone. Currently sending out resumes and applications. Will probably start at a newspaper, but will depend on what happens between now and May. Just looking to find the job/career that will make me happiest.
Proudest of: I’m easily most proud of the person I’ve become over the past four years. I couldn’t be happier with who I am at this current moment in life. A close second is turning our student newspaper, The College World, into a respected publication on campus. People seem to be actually reading it, which is pretty cool. It’s taken a lot of work, countless late nights, and a staff made up of people who have become some of my closest friends.
Biggest Contribution to Society: I’m going to say reviving the student newspaper, but that’s a pretty deep question that I don’t have an answer for. I say the newspaper because that’s what comes to my mind, but if I’ve ever been able to brighten someone’s day by just giving them a compliment or telling them how much I appreciate them, that trumps anything that I’ll ever write for the newspaper.
Inspiring Adrian Staff Member? Dr. Maher Mualla. It’s not exactly the most welcoming time to be Syrian in this country. I have so much respect for Mualla. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met. When he speaks of the current situation here and in Syria it’s nothing but honesty. He speaks with such knowledge and compassion. I have learned so much from the handful of times I have spoken with him.
What concerns you in the world: I would say what concerns me the most is how polarized we are as a society. We are drifting farther and farther apart. Moderates get laughed out of the building. More so than ever, people exist in echo chambers. Many people cannot handle having their beliefs challenged. They simply want to believe what they want, regardless of facts and evidence. We don’t have friendly debates with others over important issues. We jump out of our vacuums to shout what we believe, maybe call the other person a name, and jump right back in before we face criticism ourselves. There’s a literal war against facts. How are we going to supposed to make any progress if we refuse to hear each other?
Best friends are people who: Best friends are people who will give you a hard time. Best friends know more about you than anyone else. They are there for you when you need them. When you need to laugh they are there. When you need to cry, they are there for you too. When something exciting, funny, or embarrassing happens to you they are the ones you can’t wait to tell. When you’re bored and have nothing to do, they are the ones who you always text to hang out. Your best friend should be the person you feel most comfortable around.
A thank you to someone who helped get you to where you are? My parents. The most obvious answer, but also the most appropriate. I’ve learned a lot from my parents. They are very unique people and there is no doubt I turned out the way I did because of them. They let me be myself. They are the reason for who I am and where I am.