20 Questions with Admission Counselor Gregory Chery ’11
June 13, 2013
Fellow for two years before becoming an Admission Counselor.
Chery with Peyton Goodman ’17, one of his incoming first-year
students from North Hardin High School.
Newly promoted Admission Counselor! Is it weird that I think my previous title (Admission Fellow) sounds much cooler?
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
I grew up in a small town in Haiti called Tabarre, moved to a small town in Pennsylvania called Bensalem, and finally landed in Boston. Tabarre is a small village with lots of mango trees, sugar canes, and genip trees (look it up).
3. What are your hobbies?
I love to watch sports and movies. I go to bed watching ESPN reruns and wake up the next day and watch them all over again. I am also a Netflix junkie. I am currently on season 1 of Lost (AMAZING SHOW!).
4. What is your dream vacation?
As a Central American (said no one ever), I would love to visit places like Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, and compare how clear the water is at each place.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
This is kind of weird but the local O'Charleys has a painting on their wall of one hand putting something (symbolically) in another hand. Pretty cool.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
Anything by Dan Brown! I stayed up all night in high school reading his books. My favorite one would have to be Angels and Demons. He just finished a new book called Inferno (ordering as I type this) so I will be starting that soon.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Soccer is my favorite sport. It's too bad ESPN doesn't show a lot of soccer games outside of the world cup. We are missing out on some great games.
8. Favorite TV show?
My favorite show is “Around the Horn,” which is a sports show on ESPN. I would love to sit around and talk sports, because I do that now, except I don't get paid.
9. Favorite album?
Usher's 8701. “You Got It Bad” was my favorite song on the album; I used to listen to the album just to hear that song, but now I love all the songs.
10. Favorite holiday?
I definitely have to say Thanksgiving because it reiterates my true calling in life: eating.
11. Favorite food?
Chicken is a runaway winner because no matter how you cook chicken, it is going to taste good (think about it).
12. Most prized possession?
I would have to say my Bible, because every day I realize how much more important it is.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
My mother, Jesus, and Kobe Bryant. These three people encompass my passions in life: family, spirituality, and sports.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
I love working with students of color, because it is more about recruiting the family than simply the student.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
I remember sitting with my siblings and waiting outside all day for my dad when he would come visit us in Haiti. He lived in the U.S., so we didn't get to see him much. So, when he came home, it was like a national holiday.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
I would probably be in law school right now. Growing up, I always wanted to go to law school and be a defense attorney. Thank God I changed my mind (no offense)!
17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
The African-American Culture and Race Ethnicity courses with Dr. Abrams. Taking those two courses in context of Centre's culture and environment was eye opening.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Jack Bauer in 24; that man redefined what it meant to have nine lives.
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The International House (before it was destroyed). For two years, that house was my home away from home.
20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
I would advise them to define what success means to them, because college is not only about academic success. Mental, physical, and spiritual growth are very important as well.
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