Beginning his collegiate career in 2002, Donald Tharp is currently pursuing a double major in philosophy and psychology.
During a four year leave of absence from TCNJ, Tharp found work as a field hand and yard boy for a construction company. The South Jersey native then worked his way “into the office” as a junior estimator, eventually becoming a project manager for small jobs, and finally earning the big bucks as an assistant project manager for multi-million dollar projects. Now 25, he returned to TCNJ in the spring of 2008.
Tharp sat down with The Perspective for five good — nay, great — minutes.
What’s your full name?
Donald Burton Tharp, Jr. — better known as Donny, Don Juan, Old-Timer, and Blue.
If you wanted people to know one thing about you, what would it be?
It’s never too late.
How do you approach living life?
If something bad can happen, it probably will happen, so it’s not about avoiding it, it’s about overcoming it, learning from it, and coming out stronger.
What are your initial thoughts about this last decade?
It’s amazing how relative time is. And though at moments, it seems to creep by — but in retrospect, it’s gone in an instant.
How will the 2000s be remembered?
Two steps forward, one step back… I believe there’s been progress. That’s a net gain of one step. But pessimists will always see the negative — what’s that gonna do for you?
What did you do over winter break?
Finished up working on my loft… should be able to move in shortly after finals. I look forward to living on my own again.
Who did you do over winter break?
My girlfriend of four years, and probably wifey, sooner rather than later.
Where do you see yourself in 2015 or 2020?
By then, hopefully back at this school as either a philosophy or psychology professor. I’d want to create a hybrid of the two.
You’re speaking to the people of the future. What are your most insightful words of wisdom?
What you know as fact now has a good chance of being fiction later. Never stop questioning why and how. Never stop seeking knowledge.
Other than R. Barbara Gitenstein, who is your favorite Lion or Lioness and why?
Any of the faculty in the philosophy department. They’re under-appreciated and seem to not care less about it.
Who is your least favorite Lion or Lioness, and why?
The Sodexo people who charged me $7.80 for a Sunday brunch.
What’s currently spinning in your iTunes?
“Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood.
Shout-out time. Go.
To all the interesting characters and brilliant young minds wandering around this campus… this world is ours, shitty as it may seem at times. If change is inevitable, and it is the fruit of our hands, never let anyone tell us that that change cannot or will not be for the better.