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Senior Story 2022: Promoting the Power of Poetry
Sep 5, 2022

Name: Thomas Thompson

Hometown: Brainerd, MN

Major: English 

Notable UD Memories/Achievements: Receiving the Sorensen Award for Excellence in the Study of the Novel; playing drums at Groundhog, but even more, the countless nights of singing, conversations and laughter.

Future Plans: This summer, fishing for Dungeness crab in Sitka, Alaska, then canoeing a 30-day loop through the Canadian Wilderness with his dad; afterward, teaching while pursuing graduate school.

Thomas Thompson, BA ’22, had planned to go to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where one of the professors astounded him “with his piercing intellect and charismatic lecture.” However, this professor was a UD alumnus who persuaded Thompson to look more closely at UD. “I realized that UD provided a better opportunity for me to truly learn and grow,” said Thompson. “At UD, I discovered that the pursuit of truth is not a collection of answers to be held like trophies, but rather, an endless path of questions and mystery.” Thompson hopes “to establish the power of poetry as a profound way of seeing and experiencing the world. Wherever I end up, I will use my degree to keep thinking and reading! Becoming a rockstar drummer is plan B. Becoming a hobo poet is plan C.”

“At UD, I discovered that the pursuit of truth is not a collection of answers to be held like trophies, but rather, an endless path of questions and mystery.”

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