Name: John Palmer Rea
Major/Minor: Political Science/ Honors major; Southern Studies minor
Hometown: Sesser, IL
Why did you choose Belmont? A variety of factors came into choosing Belmont. I was looking for a smaller, private, liberal arts school in the South, but also a school that fit my need for a community. I loved the people here and found that they were passionate for their students. Also, the Honors Program truly sold me on Belmont. I had the idea of creating my own minor from the start, and combined with the opportunity of writing a thesis, I knew Honors was a fit for me.
Why did you choose to be a Tour Guide? Even as a little kid, I loved the idea of being a tour guide! I remember after a visit to Disney World at 5 years old, coming home and driving around on my little 4-wheeler and acting like my yard was Disney World and I was giving someone a tour… I guess this has been in the making for many years! Once I got on campus, I knew that I had to be a tour guide to show my love for the school.
What is your favorite on-campus event? Curb College Showcase Series where the students volunteer for experience to run a series of full length concerts! The students perform and are in charge of all the behind the scenes action, as well!
What is your favorite movie? Tie between Rent or Phantom of the Opera
What is your favorite song & artist/band? I’m unashamed to admit that I’m a huge fan of all things music! From Britney Spears to Little Big Town, I like to think my taste is all across the board.
What would you want to be your last meal on earth? I would love some good Southern dinner: fried chicken, fried okra, mashed potatoes, green beans, mac and cheese… You fry it, I’ll eat it!
What is your favorite Nashville experience? From everyday events like a Predators hockey game to special events like the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, I love everything downtown has to offer. I mean, I went to the CMT and CMA Awards for free last year, where else can someone do that?!
What is your dream career after graduating from Belmont? I think it would be amazing to be the commissioner of the SEC (Southeastern Conference). Free sporting events for life!
What is your favorite class that you have taken at Belmont and why? It would be a tie between some of my core Honors classes I’ve taken with Dr. Thorndike. I’ve found that he, like so many of my professors on campus, really makes time for the material to come alive in class in an engaging way. These classes have found ways to truly challenge me without overwhelming me. I believe that this balance has prepared me to go into graduate school next year with a solid educational foundation.
If you could go back in time and give advice about college to 16-17 year old you, what would you say? I would tell myself to calm down! By this age, I was deep into applying for colleges, reevaluating my ACT score, and all the things that come into applying to undergrad. I would tell myself to stop stressing out because everything will work out in the end.