Hi readers! My name is Jonathan Timm. I’ve been asked to join the few students who write for the Shimer Blog a few times, but it’s been hard to find time. Finally, I’ve decided to just make time. Cassie Sherman gave me the brilliant suggestion of making my first post a general introduction, and I intend to do that in the most interesting and least pretentious way possible. This is the first time I’ve ever written in one of these new “web-logs” on the “internet,” as they call it.
It is now the second semester of my first year at Shimer and 3rd year in college. I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, but my family moved to Michigan, where I completed the last two years of high-school. Being used to Evanston, a very economically and racially diverse city which even has its own CTA train line, I immediately hated the extremely tiny, wealthy and white suburb to which I moved. I found a loop-hole in the graduation requirements, graduated a year early and shoved off to take Gen-Eds at a big state school in Detroit. However, I was still feeling unfulfilled there and making almost weekly visits back to Chicago. I decided to move back and attend community college, continuing with Gen-Eds to figure out what I wanted to do. Finally, as I became more and more serious about both learning and reading, I found out about Shimer and excitedly enrolled.
To say a little bit about my interests: Before I could call myself anything else, since a young age I would say I am a musician. I can play at least 4 instruments on a basic level, but I am most advanced on the drums. The band I am in now plays fast, noisy rock-and-roll, for lack of a better description (punk connoisseurs might compare us to Drive Like Jehu or The Jesus Lizard). We play shows in and around Chicago – most recently we played a show in Southern Illinois. Recently I was asked to play bass in a band, so I’m trying to revamp my bass skills. Aside from music, my biggest hobby is photography. I’ve been shooting for a little over 3 years now and might even decide to make it into a career at some point. For now, I work for Shimer’s Advancement Office, shooting events and helping compile the Alumni Newsletter, The Symposium. My academic interests lie in post-structuralist philosophy, fiction, mathematics, and Spanish. My favorite class right now is Social Sciences 2: The Western Political Tradition, in which we have read Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, all on our way to the foundational American documents.
forward to contributing to the Shimer blog. I’m hoping that I can make regular entries
to share a little bit about what I do with my life, and more specifically what
life is like for me as a student at Shimer. I’d love to hear any questions or
comments, on the blog or elsewhere. My email address is J.firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to contributing to the Shimer blog. I’m hoping that I can make regular entries to share a little bit about what I do with my life, and more specifically what life is like for me as a student at Shimer. I’d love to hear any questions or comments, on the blog or elsewhere. My email address is J.email@example.com.