TNGG is proud to present a new, ongoing series in which one TNGG writer answers 10 questions made up by other TNGG writers.
Name: Colby Gergen
Location: Columbia, Missouri
1. What book has most impacted who you are today?
Wow. No warm-up question? Nothing to get the juices flowing? This is a tough one. I’m tempted to say Garfield, but I do so much more than sleep and eat lasagna. If you’re really going to twist my arms on this one, I would have to say A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I don’t care about all the controversy around the book – it’s damn good writing and one helluva story. Why did it impact me? Well, that’s a story for another day. Just remember that inspiration can come from anywhere and doors can open in the darkest of places. Frey’s story proves that.
2. If you unexpectedly received $100 today, what would you spend it on?
Seriously? $100? I mean, I could buy a nice pair of jeans, but I already have 2 pairs and they do me just fine. I would probably buy something for my girlfriend, if I had a girlfriend (ladies…). What I’m trying to say is that if I received $100 today, right now at 1:00 am, I would buy more coffee.
3. What are 5 brands/products that you can’t live without?
1. Macbook Pro
5. Breakfast sandwiches
4. What are you most thankful to your parents/guardians for?
Working their asses off to put me into the opportunity that I’m in. I was never nearly thankful enough for that until I matured and understood where they came from and how hard they worked to get to where they are today. Thank you, mom and dad.
5. What’s your favorite website/blog, and why is it so dang awesome?
It’s owls. Hungover. With funny phrases. How is that not epic win?
6. What’s the most “scandalous” thing you’ve ever done, that you’re willing to admit to the public?
I’ve urinated in public so many times they could probably name a public park after me.
7. What have you done so far in life that you’re most proud of?
I haven’t yet reached the point where I want to even look back like that. How I stay hungry is by telling myself I haven’t accomplished anything, and that there is always something to make better.
8. What accomplishment (personal or professional) do you hope to achieve by the time you retire?
I realize I’m going to job hop, possibly career hop. It’s almost a guarantee for my generation. I want to be able to say that everywhere I left, I left it better than I found it.
9. What is the #1 issue that you wish your peers would pay more attention to, or care more about?
The education system and working with faculty and administration to make improvements for those who follow us. I understand many of us won’t see the immediate benefits, but it will help the strength of your program and you can come back to your school knowing you kickstarted a movement that affected hundreds or thousands of kids.
10. What should older generations realize about your generation?
Yes we really are great. I will even go so far as to say that we are awesome. But many of us don’t mean that to sound cocky or arrogant. It’s something that we say because it’s a goal for us. It’s something to live up to each and every day. We constantly strive for awesomeness, so by saying that we are awesome, people expect only the best from us and hold us to the highest standard.