Featured, TPS Seniors 2019

Ethan Schubert: TPS Senior 2019

Hey, Ethan Schubert here (as the reader has most likely inferred from the title of this post)! Ethan (18 years old) has lived the past 16 years of his life on a small island in Indonesia called Batam, just south of Singapore. Where’s he from though, you might ask? Well, that’s a bit hard to say. Before Indonesia, he lived the first couple years of his life in El Paso, Texas, although no one in his family hails from that area. His dad is from New Jersey and his mom from Kentucky, and Ethan’s grandparents are from different states on top of that. Basically, he’s an American who grew up in Indonesia. Anyways, onto some less boring subjects…

Growing up, Ethan has always enjoyed traveling, reading, and puzzles (not jigsaw). His love of puzzles probably started with his early love for Legos (which should be an official word for spellcheck by now) and one of the earliest video games he played: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, played on the ancient GameBoy Color (gifted from an uncle, Google it if you don’t know what it is). Although he still enjoys The Legend of Zelda series, along with Super Mario, his passion has now shifted to board games, including Catan: Cities & Knights, Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Pandemic, among many others. Reading and travel also influenced his love for languages and linguistics today. He remembers reading loads about dinosaurs in his early childhood and discovering dinosaur names have meanings behind them. (e.g. Astrodon means star tooth, due to the shape of the dinosaur’s teeth.) This intrigued his six-year-old mind immensely to discover, as he dubbed it, a “scientific language,” which turned out to be Latin. Early exposure to multiple languages including Indonesian, Javanese, Mandarin, Korean, and Arabic also probably encouraged his love of languages.

However, he must credit TPS for expanding and developing his knowledge and interests. He has especially enjoyed all of his TPS English classes and his history classes with Mr. Mailand, which were engaging, insightful, and absolutely fun. His British Literature class with Ms. Wood showed him that Shakespeare is actually amazing, despite his fears (King Lear, anyone?). Additionally, regarding the Mayor of Casterbridge, he wants to say Team Henchard was, is, and always be right. He also pleads with you readers to not tell Corrie Anna he said that. Beyond this, he wants to mention that TPS really helped him take his faith more seriously and grow in his walk with Christ, for which he is forever grateful. Ethan highly recommends Bible Survey with Dr. Juneman, in addition to the Theology and Worldview classes with Mr. Gilbert.

Ethan will be at TPS camp for graduation this summer, and then he’ll be off to Wheaton College in the fall. He has no clue what he will major in however, although he has put down business or computer science on paper right now. If you happen to be at camp or are going to Wheaton, feel free to message him on the forums (eschubert1).

Number of Years Taking TPS Classes:
Favorite Bible Verse:
Hebrews 11:13-16 has been one of my favorite Bible passages because it simultaneously reminds me of God’s love, the strength and steadfastness that comes by relying on Him, and the promise of being reunited with God that we hope in. These verses comfort and encourage me, showing I can find peace and strength by looking to Jesus, waiting in hope for God’s promises, regardless of my present circumstances, and that no matter where I am, I’ve got a home waiting for me with Him.
Advice to the Younglings of TPS:
Set a time when you will end work for the day, and then don’t change it. Try to keep it the same for as many weeks as possible. For me, it was 4 pm. This gave me a few hours break before my classes (which were at night because timezones, ranging from 5:15 pm to 1 am, depending on the day), which helped prevent school from feeling like a constant state of existence. I haven’t been able to consistently follow this, but when I have, I’ve been more productive and less stressed during the week.


  1. I lived in Indonesia too!

  2. Hey Ethan! Thanks so much for running our Theology and Worldview section this year! Excited to graduate with you at camp this summer and once again fail to solve to your million riddles. =D I hope you have a really wonderful experience at Wheaton!

  3. Jonathan Reichenberger

    It was awesome getting to know you through those early high-school classes that we took together at TPS. Even better getting to meet you at camp last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you for being a part of Chapel and being willing to help out whenever your schedule let you. Excited to see what you do at Wheaton!

  4. Can you speak Mandarin? Me too.

    My grandfather’s name is Gilbert.

    God bless you Ethan. 😛

    • Nice! I can only count to 100 in poorly pronounced Mandarin, although I grew up hearing it. Thanks! God bless you too!

  5. I am from Armenia but my birth parents may have been from Indonesia.

  6. Carina Phillips

    Hey Ethan, It has been so great getting to know you throughout all the classes we have had together. It was fun seeing you at camp last year and in Indonesia this year. I’m excited to hear what adventures you will have at Wheaton. See you soon at camp!

  7. Thank you so much for being our editor this year! It was great working with you and thank you for your constant grace(when I turned stuff in late haha).

  8. Congratulations, Ethan! I missed you in math this year, but it sure was fun having you in classes the previous years. I hope for the best for you at Wheaton. Keep in touch!

  9. Thank you so much for being such an amazing editor, Ethan! I truly appreciate all the help and critique for all the articles. Your wisdom and advice have been helpful and inspiring. God bless you at Wheaton and beyond!