Geneva College

Evan Banks - Writing Grad


Evan Banks

Evan first discovered Geneva College in the fall of his senior year of high school. Somewhere between the people he met and the sight of the campus in full bloom, he realized Geneva was the perfect place for him.

"Going to college was a liberating experience, and Geneva fostered the kind of connections between people that I hope to have my entire life," Evan says. He describes his professors as warm and kind and down on the students′ level. "There is no need to feel intimidated when you have a question in class, and spending time drinking coffee with professors at the local coffee shop is always a possibility."

Evan was able to take advantage of Geneva′s academic opportunities in some significant ways. In addition to being an active member of the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta (Geneva′s English honors society), Evan was also accepted into the Young Scholars Program. The Young Scholars Program is an independent learning community of students who have a special interest in pursuing an academic calling. The program places a special emphasis on the integration of faith, learning and scholarship and participating students get to pick what they study with the help and advisement of the program′s director, Professor of English Dr. David Kuhns. Evan′s Young Scholars experience culminated in a ten-day trip to Italy where the students got to see up close and in person everything they had been studying in their core humanities courses.

"I got a sense of the measure of man and what God has called us to do," Evan says. "Michelangelo, Raphael and da Vinci did what they did because God called them explicitly to make this art, and this realization leads you to think about how purposeful our existence really is."

Through his experiences at Geneva both inside and outside the classroom, Evan was able to learn the most important lesson of all: "Education is a continuous, life-long process. It doesn't end at graduation, and if your institution does a good job of instilling that in you, you'll never stop learning."

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