“I’ve always known I’d be someone who hoards books. I think getting rid of them is just the most pitiful thing, unless it’s a book that made the baby Jesus cry. Those can go. Something I’ve made a point of in my life is exposing myself to different modes of writing – stories from different time periods and different cultures. Everything from scientific journalism to the Odyssey. Reading diversely is just acknowledging how big the world is and respecting that fact. It also gives yourself a degree of respect that says, “I am worthy of learning.” Moving into the dorm last year I think about half of all my boxes were full of books. My parents were not enthused. I’ve got to have them wherever I go. Owning books is kind of like insurance. You can’t die until you’ve read them all.”

Will is from Cullman, Alabama studying chemical engineering.