20 Questions with Area Coordinator and Shuttle Coordinator Chase Warner ’10
April 26, 2012
the Kurilpa bridge in Brisbane, Australia.
Area Coordinator and Shuttle Coordinator for the Student Life Office.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I am not sure that I've finished growing up but I suspect that the appropriate response to this question is to say that I “grew up” in Lexington, Ky. In one phrase, Lexington is perhaps best described as “delightfully quirky and fun.”
3. What are your hobbies?
I really enjoy traveling, skiing and running. I've recently returned from a yearlong scholarship in New Zealand as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, which was a great place to do all three! I've also been known to enjoy re-enacting memes, applying them to everyday life at Centre C.
4. What is your dream vacation?
Taking a few months to backpack through Europe with two great friends I met in New Zealand, Caresse Bucchan and Kyle Gunnels. The destinations pale in comparison to the hilarity that would surely ensue. #YOLO
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
To be honest, current Centre senior Tyler Wilkinson is my favorite artist. As for a work of art, I'd say an oil painting of Old Centre that I purchased at the 2010 Centre Favors Auction, painted by Centre professor Kyle Anderson.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
My favorite novel is always the one that I am currently reading. So, at present, this means that my favorite novel is “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond. Though I've never read any of the Twilight series … so perhaps my library is deficient?
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Another by-product of my recent Kiwi-adventure is a newfound love for rugby. I studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, during the 2007 Rugby World Cup, hosted in France, and New Zealand was the most recent host while I was there! Looks like I'm headed to England for the next one …
8. Favorite TV show?
This is a tricky question. I've always loved “Dexter” and it's probably my definitive favorite. Recently, however, a friend put me on to “Downton Abbey” and a woman from my high school is going to be in the third season! I also really enjoy “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” All would be trumped by a sitcom based on life in the Student Life Office at Centre College, though.
9. Favorite album?
I should have been more prepared to be exact in my selections, but … I'm going to have to name two albums here: “The Big Black and the Blue” by First Aid Kit and “Diamonds & Gasoline” by Turnpike Troubadours.
10. Favorite holiday?
I'd have to say Christmas. It's a mixture of the weather, the idea of “waiting” for Christmas Day all year, and more importantly … quality time with my friends and family. The occasional gift is nice, as is craft Christmas beer.
11. Favorite food?
Anything that comes off my Dad's grill. My dad is a great cook and can replicate pretty much anything he sees at a restaurant, including the Bang-Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill, so dinners at my parent's house are something I always look forward to.
12. Most prized possession?
In her infinite wisdom and foresight, my mom gave me a daily journal for my year in New Zealand. There was a dated page for each day and it's one of the most personally entertaining things to go back and read. It marks some of the more memorable “growth moments” in my life, and I am so lucky to have it.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
This question changes often for me, so I'll just go with the current list: 1) My sister and fellow Centre alum, Chelsi Warner ’07, for her witty banter and proficiency in various accents; 2) My friend Kevin Paulsen, for his impeccable social grace; and 3) Centre College Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life Sarah Scott Hall, to make sure we all survive.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I really enjoy working with the Resident Assistants and Residence Directors here at Centre. They are some of the most compassionate and engaging students that I've worked with, and I think Centre is a better place because of their continued investment in the larger campus community.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
It might be argued that I'm still “in my youth,” considering that I still get carded at R-rated movies, but let's go with an awkward teen memory. I'd have to say that one of my more awkward moments, though there were many, was handing a freshly printed piece of original poetry entitled “Her Love” to my ninth-grade crush. The line “I feel her love slipping through my fingers…” is particularly painful.
16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
After a convoluted decision-making process, I'm headed to the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy this fall, so if I wasn't currently working at Centre, I'd probably still be in New Zealand.
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Like many first-year students, I thought I was literary stud who was capable of writing a critical analysis in just two short hours before the deadline. Needless to say, my Humanities 120 professor made sure I got the appropriate dose of reality. I am confident that I am a better writer today because of his biting, yet compassionate, critique of my efforts—or lack thereof! #sassyrassy
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
A toss-up between Peeta Mellark from “The Hunger Games” and Buckbeak from the Harry Potter series.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Sitting on the steps of Old Centre at night, looking at the Campus Center. It is such a great spot to sit and think, remember and people-watch.
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
The best piece of advice I could give a first-year college student is to be insatiably inquisitive. Seek out objective truth inside and outside the classroom, find out what's going on around campus and in the lives of your peers, pursue interests outside your comfort zone, make lots of mistakes and just be a sponge. There is so much to take in during college and you're best served to do the best job you can by soaking it all up.
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