#MyWheaton Student Profile: Riley Hobby ’22

January 21, 2020

Get to know Riley Hobby ’22 as he reflects on some of the favorite parts of his Wheaton experience so far.

Riley Hobby Blog Header Photo

Where are you from?
Nixa, MO

What is your major?
International Relations

What have been your favorite classes so far?
Comparative Politics with Dr. Taylor, Old Testament Literature and Interpretation with Dr. Buster, and Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition with Dr. Kepner.

Who are your favorite faculty members?
Dr. Jamie Huff, Dr. Litong Chen, Dr. Aubrey Buster, and Dr. Christine Kepner (I could go on!)

Do you have any staff or faculty mentors?
Dr. Michael McKoy (International Relations) and Dr. Laura Montgomery (Global Programs and Studies)

What are some of your favorite extracurricular activities?
Student Government, Honduras Project, and Intramural Soccer and Volleyball

Riley Hobby Student Government Group Photo

What is your favorite place on campus? 
The third floor of Blanchard Hall 

What are your favorite campus events?
The Global Politics and Global Church Prayer Meeting from Human Needs and Global Resources, "A Night with Temple Grandin" Lecture, and the Tiffany Memorial Lecture on Foreign Affairs from Dan Coats

What have been your favorite Wheaton experiences so far?
One of my fondest memories at Wheaton was having a snowball fight with my floormates at midnight on Blanchard Lawn after the first snowfall my freshman year. Another wonderful experience has been the chance to participate in a Bible study with some of my closest friends each week. Finally, I loved being able to welcome Freshman to campus this year by leading a GoGroup in downtown Chicago with one of my best friends during Orientation Week

Riley Hobby Orientation Week Group in Chicago

What makes Wheaton special?
Wheaton is special because of the people that choose to be a part of this community. Whether it is the faculty, staff, the administration, or the students, everyone has a heart for God that is manifested through their actions, which creates a wonderful community to be a part of. It is so evident that God's hand is over the people here. 

Anything else?
I just want to say thank you so very much to anyone and everyone who donates to the Wheaton Fund. It is because of your contributions that I have been blessed in such an immense way as a student at Wheaton College. Without your contributions, I would never have had the chance to attend, not to mention able to participate in the many opportunities that Wheaton provides. So, thank you on behalf of all the students here!