Central MA College Standout: Clark’s Jeremy Levine
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Jeremy Levine, The Scarlet Editor in Chief, Clark University Junior
Educational Institution: Clark University
Course of Studies: English Major, Political Science Minor
Graduate or Undergraduate: Undergraduate
Hometown: Plainview, New York
Extracurricular Involvement: The Scarlet, Clark’s student newspaper (Editor-in-Chief), Scarlet Key Society (Admissions Ambassador), Clark Diaries, Clark Sinfonia, Clark University Concert Band, Clark Musical Theatre
A Conversation with Jeremy Levine
SW: How would you describe yourself in a 6-word headline?
JL: Seriously Goofy College Student
SW: What accomplishments are you proud of beyond your regular academic studies at college?
JL: I've been Editor-in-Chief of The Scarlet since the Spring semester of my sophomore year, and since then, we've been working on something of an overhaul of our structure. We have section editors now, for one thing, who oversee the different areas of the paper. Working with that team has led to, I think, a significantly stronger paper. And now I don't have to chase down a bunch of individual writers when something is late, I just get to chase down one section editor, which is super convenient. This structure has then freed up time for me to do extra stuff, like my job at admissions and my Clark blog as well as various musical endeavors. Also I like how much I’ve changed over the course of my time at school. The person I am now is nowhere near the person I was or thought I would be when I came to school, and I think I would impress the old me.
SW: What would you most like to accomplish before graduating?
JL: Orient myself a little more. I’d like to walk across the stage at graduation having something more of an idea of the answer to the next question asked here...
SW: Describe the career and/or future you envision for yourself?
JL: Hah. I think I want to go into publishing. Or writing. Or teaching. Or maybe college admissions? It might not be too late to become an astronaut.
SW: What’s your favorite place to go to on campus? In Worcester?
JL: My favorite place is at Clark is definitely the Academic Commons. It’s the first floor of the library, kind of Procrastination Station, and there’s always just a load of people there doing work and hanging out.
In terms of Worcester, I’d have to say the view of the Polar Factory and Holy Cross that you get off I-290 at Exit 11. Every time I see it, I get this little jolt of excitement, like yes... I’m back.
SW: What is your favorite book, movie, or series?
JL: My favorite book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. My favorite movie is Dead Poets Society. Or maybe The Emperor’s New Groove.
SW: What is your favorite quote?
JL: “I do things like get in a taxi and say, ‘The library, and step on it.’” - David Foster Wallace
SW: Who, beyond immediate family, has had the greatest influence on you?
JL: I went to a summer camp for ten years. The friends that I made and the people that I met from all over the world really shaped my identity over the years. I’m thankful to say that they are too many to be named here.
SW: Describe a stereotype of students that you have found to be untrue.
JL: That we’re at school just to get jobs. I’m here because I want to make myself the best person that I can be, as annoyingly cliché as that sounds.
SW: Describe a stereotype of Worcester that you have found to be untrue.
JL: It’s forgettable.
SW: As a student, what local issues are most important to you?
JL: Having access to an education that serves its students. I fear that many of the students in Worcester’s schools endure their education, rather than experience it.
SW: What would someone be surprised to learn about you?
JL: I’m an absolute nerd, but I love sports. Nobody gets between me and the Knicks, the Mets, and the Bills.
SW: If you could do one thing to make a difference, what would it be?
JL: Go about my day trying to bring a little positivity to everyone else. Students can be really scared and really stressed a lot of the time. If I just greet each of my friends with a smile, I think I’ve done my part.
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