I graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a concentration in Applied Mathematics. For my senior thesis I conducted an Econometrics study of the auto correlation of interest rate adjustment by the Federal Reserve to the GDP under specific conditions. Though capable in both math and economics, I did not solely focus on the sciences but spent much of my time and effort in the arts as well. Despite not being a religion major, Dr. McKelway invited me into the Religion major senior thesis, which was examining Karl Barth’s Volume One of his seminal work Church Dogmatics. I not only completed the thesis, a 20 page discourse on Barth’s hermeneutic process, but garnered the highest rating out the course.
During my freshmen and sophomore years, I enrolled in a four semester course called Arts and Humanities, which was offered only to Honor level students on entrance to the college. This course covered in sequence from early civilization to the modern age across the breadth of great literature, art, history, and philosophy. The result was a comprehensive and contextual understanding of Western Humanities that has remained with me my entire life. But such was my odd character in that I truly enjoyed the traditional works, I reserved a desk in the basement of the library near the religion and philosophy isles. While taking breaks from my calculus or economic studies, I would wander the isles picking up the occasional book of Heidegger, Sartre, Tillich, Bultmann, or others to clear my mind.
College wasn’t entirely work and no play, for I did engage in a wide variety of sports. For 2 years I was the college mascot, dancing about in a large wildcat costume at the basketball and football games. This silly past-time was rigorous work, especially in the hot North Carolina weather, but it was a joy to interact with the kids. I road biked daily, often clocking in over 100 miles a week. I also started a racquetball club.