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).