Alex Robinson was born and raised in Athens and attended Chase Street Elementary, Clarke Middle and will soon graduate from Clarke Central High School. During high school Alex participated in the ODYSSEY Media Group, helping facilitate the Intro to Journalism class and working in the Production class as the ODYSSEY’s Sports Editor. He also participated in the Mock Trial program, played on the JV soccer team freshman year and the varsity tennis team as an upperclassman. After graduation Alex will be studying Political Science at George Washington University in Washington D.C. where he received a full-tuition scholarship. Alex lives on the far Westside of Athens now, but grew up in the Buena Vista neighborhood. He lives with his dad Greg, mom Mona, brother Andrew and their dogs Maggie, Merkel and Cosmo.
What was your favorite class in high school?
Well, I have to give a shoutout to ODYSSEY and Journalism I for just being where I grew the most, but I think in terms of the class that I enjoyed, I’m going to go with AP Human Geography which I took sophomore year with Mr. Johnny Anderson; that was a blast. I loved the content and people in there. There wasn’t any downside to it at all. It was fantastic.
When we are not sheltering-in-place, what do you love to do in Athens?
Mostly hang out with friends. I like to hike with them from time to time, but other than that it is just going downtown or going to see bands perform either at Caledonia Lounge or wherever else a particular band is playing.
What are you doing with all of your extra free time at home?
I have just been trying to finish up with most of the work. A big part of that has been continuing to grade stuff for that Journalism I class. But I’m hoping to do some more creative writing once the school year actually ends.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would probably say Berlin because it is a really cool city, and my family and I actually lived there for a little bit back in 2014. Ever since then, I have been trying to find my way back there.
If you could see any band or musician who would it be and where?
This is kind of a running joke between me and my friends, but I’m very much into lofi hip hop, but I know a lot of lofi hip hop is trash so I’m going to stay away from that. I’m probably going to go with Childish Gambino or Kendrick Lamar right now. I enjoy their music. Honestly, I don’t even think of venues too much, I’d just go for the music.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and where?
It would probably be Lyndon Johnson, and I would probably have lunch with him at The Grill because what a funny combination that would be. In terms of what I would talk to him about, I would first berate him for Vietnam and then talk to him about his domestic achievements as president.
If you could give advice to someone just entering high school, what would you tell them?
To push themselves as much as they can without breaking. I was an extremely introverted individual coming out of middle school, not that there is particularly anything wrong with that, but I don’t think I would have been able to do as much as I have done with the ODYSSEY or scholarship or do any of a number of things if I hadn’t broken out of my shell. Breaking out of my shell was hugely beneficial for me, and I would encourage everyone to do the same. Not that you have to be any less introspective or thoughtful once you break out of these shells, but I think that it was something I definitely needed to do. So, I would recommend that everyone else do the same.
What is your favorite movie or series? If you do not have a favorite, what are you watching these days?
In terms of my favorite movie, I’m going to have to say probably La La Land. I have been struggling not to like it so much, just because it is about a white man saving jazz and I know that some people find that as problematic. But, I think on the other end of the spectrum, it is just such a well-made movie, and I just like it so much, and I’m always down to watch it. In terms of T.V. shows, I just finished watching Community, which I absolutely adore now. I don’t know where that show has been all my life, and I don’t know how I was supplementing my free time with The Office and Parks & Recreation without it, but it is probably the best sitcom I have seen. I’m also going back and watching The West Wing and I have kind of fallen head over heels for it.
What is the best advice that you have ever received?
I’m going to cheat a little bit and tell you the best advice that I haven’t quite used, but I’m hoping to. When I was going through the college admissions process and when I was still interested in possibly going to Georgetown, I went to Atlanta for a required interview, which was a part of that whole process. I met this man who was interviewing me and he said to treat college like a 9 to 5 job. I think if I can do that in terms of my schedule within those specific parameters, I would have plenty of time to enjoy myself and do everything I want to do too. So even though I’m not going to Georgetown, and have not used that advice yet, I’m going to and very much hoping that it works out.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
That is a good question. I see myself either in DC or back here in Athens, depending on where I’m at when I graduate and depending on how much student debt I may be left with. I could see myself pursuing any number of hypothetical job opportunities in DC. Or, if I’m able to, coming back here and getting more involved in local and state politics.
What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word “home”?
I’m going to have to say unique, underrated and lively.