Student Spotlight: John Schmugge

By Chad Given on October 4, 2012

Continuing the tradition of excellence in diversity at Clemson, I would like to introduce you to our next recipient of the student spotlight,  John, an eighteen-year old freshman, grew up in Lexington, South Carolina before moving to Fort Mill, SC for middle and high school. He was raised Catholic by his mother Kathy and father Paul. John has an older sister Evelyn who is currently studying Nursing, and a younger sister Angela who is currently in the eighth grade. As a child, John’s parents encouraged his interests in historical airplanes and trains, which led to a fascination with the subject of History. John’s parents also taught him to value hard work in academics and to be reverent to God. John has carried out these values, and his current pursuits include joining the Air Force and becoming an intelligence officer, along with becoming fluent in Chinese and obtaining a degree in History.

John’s personal values have truly shaped him. Reverence to God has given him a unique perspective on loving others not for what they can do for him, but for what they are in and of themselves; he accepts them for  their individual strengths and weaknesses.

Though John holds himself to his values, he still has a social life and hobbies that he enjoys. He plays soccer, watches The Office and Parks and Recreation, and enjoys working out and running. He is also an avid video game player and prefers historical strategy based games. Among his favorite ways to experience history is, of course, reading it.He owns  a collection books on various time periods, and he enjoys reading the histories of Eastern Europe, as his ancestry can be traced to Poland. John’s hobbies are quite constructive and relaxing for him, and these allow him to put more effort into what he is passionate about in the long run.

As you can see, there are many things that we as a student body value, and there are many perspectives, allowing us to form a strong coherent student body and strive to become the best in the nation.

By Chad Given

Uloop Writer
Im currently a Freshman at Clemson University majoring in philosophy. I'm fascinated by individuals stories, and how similar they can be when you get down to the bottom of what they stand for.

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