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Josh Fort

Graduation year: 2016

Hometown:
Detroit, MI

Major: Integrative Philosophy-Rhetoric Executive

Position on SG: Executive Vice President of Community Diversity

Why SG? Serving on Student Government last year fostered a deep appreciation for the unique opportunity to serve as a bridge between students and administration. There was a lot of work that we accomplished as a board last year and it excites me to see all of the work we can accomplish this next year.

About me: I’m the fourth of five kids born to two amazing parents that I have an immense amount of respect for. I am also the fourth of the five kids in my family to attend Wheaton College which makes me part of a pretty large First Generation Wheaton Student Family Network. (We haven’t incorporated yet!)

Why Wheaton? I know that the answer gets old at times, but I came to Wheaton because God called me here. Following an event on campus referred to as “Chapel Tweets”, I had a clearer sense of purpose as to how I could impact the campus as a student here. Going to a college where I could not only be positively impacted but also have a positive impact on the campus was important to me. So once I realized that Wheaton (like every school) was an imperfect place with unique, incredible yet broken individuals, it increased Wheaton’s already impressive appeal. There’s a lot Wheaton has to offer in its academic rigor, brilliant professors, and gorgeous campus -- but recognizing the school’s imperfections sealed the deal for me!

What would you like to see happen as a result of being on Student Government this year? I would love to see a greater emphasis on applied liberal arts excellence promoted throughout our campus community as a result of Student Government this year. I strongly support the idea that liberal arts excellence should culminate in living excellently. To me, this would include integrating faith with vocation and fostering within oneself an authentic curiosity regarding the personal narratives of our neighbors.

Describe Wheaton in three words: Small, Broken, Beautiful

What makes Wheaton unique? Besides the dating climate, the beautifully gifted students, the odd blend of Christian community and liberal arts excellence, and the great food? Not a whole lot!

How has the Wheaton Community impacted you? The Wheaton Community has provided a very unique environment for me to explore my identity and grow more into myself. I've had an interesting journey since Freshman year. If not for both the high points and the low points, both of which largely involved interacting with students and professors, I don't think I would be who I am today.

 

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