TPS Seniors 2019

Karsten Baldwin: TPS Senior 2019

Karsten would like to thank TPS for the past five years of school that have grown and shaped him as a person. From physics study groups to group projects and the infamous 2016-2017 History of Asia section 2 class, it was a memorable half-decade. He will be starting as a freshman at Wheaton this fall and most likely will major in education and minor in music. During Karsten’s free time, he enjoys playing the best sport ever invented: basketball, playing piano, writing music, and reading. Anytime you drive through Wheaton, Illinois and want to converse about the NBA, music composition, C. S. Lewis, or Calvin and Hobbes just let him know and he would be happy to meet up.

Number of Years Taking TPS Classes:
Favorite Quote:
“Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.” – C. S. Lewis

This is one of my favorite quotes because it is good to be reminded of true, Biblical love in a time and culture where we are just being told to love through acceptance and tolerance. God looks at all of our brokenness and loves us despite that, but in loving us he desires us to be made whole again. In the very act of loving us he must want the best for us which means the removal of our sin and scars.

Favorite Bible Verse:
“I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” – Isaiah 43: 6-7

This is one of my favorite verses because it reminds us that we are created in God’s image, made for his glory, and that he will call us into salvation. The peace and assurance these verses bring as God powerfully commands that his children be brought to him are a great reassurance to me in day to day life.

Advice to the Younglings of TPS:
1: Learn how to learn and put the work in. You will be learning your entire life, so focus on learning how to learn well so that if you fail a math test you can be like, “I know exactly how I’m going to study and prepare next time to maximize success.”
2: Have a fun hobby outside of school/home. I found myself the most successful and happy when I had a balanced life. Don’t just do schoolwork and stuff at home, if at all possible go outside or go on outings. Trust me, I’m a home body and I’ve spent weeks at home aside from Church, but it does not make you a flexible, happy person.
3: Contribute to community. It is really easy, especially as a full-time online student, to not contribute to your community. I would know; I pretty much did school and video games my first two years of TPS. That was not good for me or anyone else. Get out and teach Sunday school, cut lawns––just find a way to help others.
4: Read your Bible and pray everyday. It’s true, this helps big-time.


  1. calvin and hobbes is amazing xD

  2. Haha! Infamous is an understatement…

  3. Jonathan Reichenberger

    Good luck at Wheaton with Ethan this fall! Hopefully I’ll see you in the NBA in a couple years dunking on Zion lol

  4. Isabelle Masson

    ehh! i wish we could have met, but i was the girl who used to threaten you with the cleaver on my brother’s mic. have an awesome time at college!

  5. Carina Phillips

    It has been great getting to know you through all the classes we have had together. I think I have learned way more about basketball then I ever thought I would. : ) It was fun seeing you in Indonesia and I am excited to see you at camp. I hope you have a great time at Wheaton!

  6. Congratulations, Karsten! It was fun having you in my Calculus class. I hope the best for you this fall at Wheaton!