Jack Queen, senior student speaker at 2016 Commencement

Why did you decide to speak at graduation?

Well, I was nominated by my peers and you know it is something that I have always been interested in doing. I don’t know, I like public speaking. I just thought it would be a cool opportunity to be able to represent my class. There was this blind essay competition and mine was chosen by the Senior Class Committee and I accepted.

Why do you think yours was chosen?

I’m not sure… I think it was maybe because I was really humble about it and I offered a version of a light-hearted, feel-good speech that wouldn’t be too heavy. I’m not trying to preach to anyone because I’m not in a position to do that. I’m just one of many people in this class and I think we have an extordinarily talented and brilliant class. I’m not in any position to preach to them. So, yeah, I said I would keep it short and keep it light-hearted and put in a few nuggets of wisdom when I can.

How has your experience at CC been?

So extraordinary. I can’t imagine having gone anywhere else. It’s just been such an amazing fit for me and I have met so many wonderful people. I have taken a bunch of interesting classes and built a lot of great relationships with professors. And I have really enjoyed my extracurricular opportunities. Big shout out to the Cipher, that has been fun.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to mountain bike, ski when it’s in season, and then I work for the Cipher. So, I get to write articles and edit articles and work with the rest of the staff. I have been working for the Cipher for just this year. Before that, I was at the Catalyst, which was also a great experience, but I wanted to mix it up. I was a staff writer for the Opinion section and that was really rewarding. I just think that writing for campus publications has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my time at CC since, it’s been really fun to hear people’s feedback on your stories and stuff.

What do you wish you had been more of a part of?

I am a huge fan of live music and I have been so impressed by CC. I have loved going to student band shows on campus, and Battle of the Bands and stuff. I have just been blown away during my time here at the level of talent our student musicians have. And so I want to make a shout to them, especially touchit. I have had some great nights at touchit shows. I don’t have a ton of regrets at CC, and I wouldn’t call this a regret… But, it would have been a really cool organization to be a part of. But, yeah, I don’t help organize, I just go to the shows.

What are your plans following graduation?

Up in the air, somewhat. I am waiting to hear back about the poli sci paraprof job, so if I get that I would go home for the summer and help my parents manage their Airbnb business and then come back. If I don’t get that job, I’m not sure. I would probably go back home to Austin and try freelancing for a bit and try to get a job in journalism, since that is what I aspire to do.

What has a defining moment at CC been?

Llamapalooza last year, the one that got cancelled and there was massive hail storm, ended up being one of the funnest days I have ever had at CC. Because we just embraced the horrible weather and didn’t let it get us down. It proves what we are about at CC, we don’t let that kind of stuff get us down – and we can still have a good time.

How did you end up here from Austin?

I did a NOLS course in high school and one of my instructors was from CC and the way she described it, made it sound like it would be a perfect fit for me. I really liked the outdoor aspects of CC, that whole culture we have here really attracted me. And I really liked the idea of the block plan. I also wanted to be somewhere I could ski and yeah then I visited here and my previous visits, I wasn’t that crazy about. I visited Georgetown and UVA and places like that and a lot of bigger schools and Southern schools. When I came to CC I was sitting in Rastall with my parents, and a group of girls asked me ‘Oh, are you a prospie? Oh, that’s so cool.’ They just started chatting me up and I was just really impressed by how friendly and forthcoming the student body was here.

What was living in Austin like?

I love Austin so much and the neighborhood that I live in. It was really fun growing up there. But, it has changed so much since when I was a kid. I mean basically, it’s almost unrecognizable over the past ten years or so Austin has just boomed liked crazy and become a super popular place to live especially for young people. It’s a great place to be young. It’s a ton of live music and great food, good night life, and Lake Austin is beautiful. So yeah, I am hoping I can settle down there after school and if I get this job, then after that. It’s gotten a lot more expensive too though.

What is the nicest compliment you will carry with you from CC?

I would like to thank my ski buddies for making me a remarkably better skier over the years. One of the biggest compliments I have ever gotten over the years at CC, was you know that Texan skiers get a really bad rep, and I’ll never forget one of my buddies this year said, ‘You are a pretty good skier for a Texan.’ That just warmed my heart.

Hannah Glosser

Hannah Glosser

Hannah Glosser is a senior Political Science major and Education minor. Hannah served as News Editor from March 2016 to December 2016.

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