Anthony Lyon '21
Hiram college Student Spotlight
Anthony Lyon ‘21 is a sophomore at Hiram College. At the beginning of his college career, he dove headfirst into the challenges of a freshman’s newfound independence and a commuter’s juggle of school and outside life.
From Hudson, Anthony was eager to leave high school and was conscientious of making a good impression with his new start. A declared political science major with a possible double in international studies and a minor in economics, Anthony’s lifelong passion of history has evolved into his present area of study. He is a member of the Garfield Presidency Society (GPS), The Net, the Eclectic Honors Society, the Political Science Club, Hiram College Wind Ensemble, founder of Turning Point USA and is in the Student Senate. When Anthony is not at school or humming through his shifts at Walmart, he enjoys reading history books, following current events, practicing the saxophone and spending time with his family.
As a freshman, Anthony was nervous about the unknown. He had to tackle time management as a commuter, but he counts himself lucky to be able to go home and return to the familiar after a busy day. He had to figure out how to have time for class, studying, work and to somehow squeeze in time with his friends and family—not to mention his high involvement on campus.
Two groups helped Anthony adjust and thrive with student life on campus: GPS and the senate. In GPS, everyone was very welcoming and inclusive. Anthony felt comfortable as he worked with his classmates and for the trip to Texas, Anthony was fascinated and dedicated in his study of President Lyndon B. Johnson, coming to realize the impact of this larger-than-life man, and to have the honor of standing before Johnson’s grave. The trip also launched Anthony out of his comfort zone with a horseback-riding excursion and rope swings into a river. In his other activity, Anthony helped the senate’s role in the academic redesign and pushed the missing dishware case for the dining hall. He hopes to stir up more interest from the student body because “we need a unified, honest narrative on campus” in order to be one community he explained. Anthony was given the “Emerging Student Senator of the Year” award.
Looking back on his freshman year, Anthony offers some tried and true advice. A lot happened during that first year, it was overwhelming, but, he had to learn how to relax and enjoy each moment too. Keep his priorities straight was a must and he never remembered to sleep enough. Anthony liked the feeling of responsibility and being held accountable but this year, he needs to learn how to set realistic expectations for himself. Sometimes he was late to meetings or class but once he arrived, he had to try his best and not let his mistakes distract him.
Continuing his interest in politics, Anthony spent his summer interning for Mike Rasor’s campaign team. Mike is a city councilman in Stow who is the Republican candidate for the Ohio 37th Statehouse District. The experience was very hands on and he learned a lot from just watching Mike interact with people, going door to door and Anthony enjoyed representing one candidate that he knows and personally supports. The team was close-knit and personable, but Anthony also witnessed firsthand the cost of being a candidate and its effects on family and work life. It is a career that you must be committed to and passionate about.
Currently a sophomore, Anthony hopes to look back and credit Hiram with his success someday, emphasizing how important of an experience it was. Looking to the future, his dream goal is to be the President of the United States, but, Anthony would like to be in elected offices to help the country. Being a career politician is a lofty goal, he says, but he wishes to accomplish this while never losing sight of the people and to always push for honesty.
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