Thomas Whitmeyer-Weathers | 20 | Sophomore | FC: Jack O'Connell | Delta Upsilon
Minor(s): Political Science, Philosophy
Extracurriculars: Lacrosse, Football, Debate Team
3 words to describe them: liberal, playful, pessimistic
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Housing: Trent Dorms
Outwardly, Tom is a very open and confident individual, but his worldview and complexity often astound people when they get closer. Though Tom himself is very privileged and wants for nothing, he is by now an old friend with the idea that this isn’t so for countless others. In many ways Thomas hates the reality of the world around him, believing it to be grossly unfair and filled with suffering. Nevertheless, or perhaps in spite of his problems with the world, Tom is generally a very kind, jocular and progressive person, though he does have a temper in the face of bigotry or when people bring up his own hypocrisy or faults. He is deeply troubled when people don’t see his often radically-leftist views with as much enthusiasm himself, and it makes him feel like he has a problem, as opposed to the other party.
Tom does not acknowledge this, but if one took a very close examination of his person, one might find that he has a huge ego, his altruism done as much for praise as for its own good. He loves flattery and even more than that, adoration and near-worship from his sub-consciously perceived lesser. This is perhaps what drives him, not only in regards to his physical and social image, but also his fervor in righting what he perceives to be the wrongs of the world.
As per the zeitgeist of the age, Tom resorts to drugs, alcohol and sex to deaden his perceptions and problems as much as the next man. He likes to have a good time, and loves the parties and social life of SWU in general. Thomas is, however, deeply conflicted by this fact, and doesn’t like to think about where the irresponsible, excessively-indulgent behavior of Western Society, and SWU in particular, leaves the rest of the world. This internal doubt has prevented him from going too far off the edge and brings him back to his studies and life goals.
Thomas was the youngest child of an extremely conservative, religious, somewhat bigoted, ‘old money’ family in the suburbs of Atlanta. From a very young age, Thomas rejected his parent’s paradigm, but only inwardly, realizing that they were far too entrenched in their values to ever change, though he did manage to make his two elder sisters somewhat more moderate in leaning. In school, Tom accomplished decent to good grades, excelled in sports, and again, kept his socio-political views to himself. Early on, he managed to become rather popular and respected by both the students and faculty and grew fond of such a position, retaining his status as he grew older.
When the time for college came, Thomas applied only to northern schools, hoping to leave his family and his homeland’s perceived faults behind. He hasn’t exactly cut ties with his family, as he depends on them for their extensive financial support, but has purposely drifted away from them and is now rather distant. Tom initially rejected fraternal organizations, believing them to be an arm of cronyism and impartiality in general, but he realized that they could help him greatly as friends in high places will be useful in the future and equally important, that he was missing out on a lot of fun. He would also be lying to you if he told you that being a member of an important fraternity did not stroke his ego. Tom is majoring in Sociology, as he plans to become something of a professional charity worker and social activist. Upon his graduation, he intends to spend some time doing hands-on work in Africa or India before returning to the states to start a non-profit organization.