Take 5 with Mr. Seymour

Author: Olivia O

17 November 2017

Today, I decided to talk five minutes to talk to Mr. Seymour. Mr. Seymour’s 10th grade class is best known for its powerful “This I Believe” speeches, exciting Othello project, and interesting studies of creation myths from around the world. He also teaches “Critical Approaches to Literature,” a senior Honors English elective.

 Mr. Seymour strikes a thoughtful pose.
Mr. Seymour strikes a thoughtful pose.

1.     What is one piece of advice to students entering high school?

“One piece of advice for students entering high school  . . . don’t believe the hype. A lot of people are going to try and scare you off and say how hard high school can be or how hard any new challenge can be. Honestly, if you’ve been handling things with grace and with aplomb, that’s what’s gotten you here this far, so you are going to keep doing that. Keep being the person you are and don’t bend to the will of anybody else, especially if they are trying to make you afraid.”

2.     If you could spend the day with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

“That’s a tough question. I’d like to spend the day with my grandfather. He lived in England. My father immigrated in the 70s so I never really got to spend a lot of time with [my grandfather], but he was a genius. Anyone who knew him or spent any time with him would have told you. I feel like I missed that opportunity to connect with him and I would like to have gotten to know him better.”

3.     What is something that you feel like people don’t worry about, but they should?

“Well, in this day and age it really needs to be your digital footprint. There are too many people playing fast and loose on the internet thinking that it is anonymous, thinking that nobody really cares, nobody’s noticing, and it’s all going to go away. The simple fact is: once you put it out there, it’s there forever, and you need to be very conscious of that public image. That’s what you’re leaving behind even though it’s in digital media.”

4.     What is the best advice that you have ever received?

“The best piece of advice I have ever received. . . was probably don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff. When you lose your cool, you end up making bad choices. When you’re neurotically obsessing over every choice, you tend to get stuck, you’re afraid to move forward, and you never take chances.

I have tried to let things go. I guess you could say the best advice I got came from Elsa, because you have to let things go. If you spend your time obsessing over them or fretting over them, all they do is sicken your heart. To stay healthy, you have to let these things pass.”

5.     How do you get your news?

“My news is primarily NPR is in the mornings and a bit in my Facebook feed. Whenever I can, I get the news when my kids aren’t listening because it’s too frightening at this point for them. My spare moments, my alone moments, are usually chasing down stories that show up in my feed or getting into further detail about a story I probably heard on NPR in the morning.”