For as far back as he can remember Kyle Gipe aspired to be a world-class chef—until he met his sophomore history teacher, Mr. Santiso, that is. One year later, history had become his passion and he was taking A.P. and honors history classes.
After high school graduation, Kyle faced the challenge of choosing a college. He had applied to Westminster, Duquesne and Geneva, and was accepted at all of them. “I got in all three, and didn't have to pay a cent to go to Duquesne, but I still chose Geneva. I just felt God’s call, and everything worked out,” he says.
Kyle had a couple of things in mind when he chose Geneva. He wanted an academically challenging Christian education at a smaller school with a communal atmosphere. He found just that, as well as a dedicated and caring faculty. “I love the professors. They are hands on and very personal,” he says. “The history professors work together like pieces of a puzzle. Class to class, they add to each other’s teachings. And at the same time, they provide an excellent Christian foundation that you wouldn't find at a secular school, or even some other Christian institutions.”
With so many history classes to choose from, Kyle didn't know which to pick first. “There are so many good classes at Geneva. I couldn't decide between the Civil War and World War II. And they even came out with a new class called Modern Africa,” Kyle says.
Before he graduates, Kyle intends to take advantage of one of Geneva’s international study-abroad programs. “I really want to spend two weeks in Scotland on the Geneva program. It would be great to see the country and learn about the culture first-hand,” he says.
Once he completes his degree at Geneva, Kyle plans on attending graduate school and pursuing his master’s and doctorate degrees. Inspired by his professors at Geneva, his ultimate goal is to become a history professor and teach his passion—American History.
And after that, he aims to scratch a few more things off his bucket list, like going skydiving.
-Benjamin Butler ’14
Geneva students have the opportunity each summer to attend Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies to develop practical methods of caring for the environment.