Life After High School: Interview With Nick Stewart

Chapter 3 of my blog-to-book project, Life After High School: Secrets To A Successful Life By Those Who Have Had Twenty Years To Think About It (or) What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School continues today with the first of three interviews. This one is short and sweet.

Somehow Nick managed to take up less space answering than I did with this introduction and with the wording of my questions. Perhaps that is an indication that Nick is a man of action and doesn’t want to waste time on wordy responses. I nominate Nick Stewart for having arguably the best senior yearbook picture in our AHS class of 1996. If you missed the last post, click here, otherwise, you can start at the beginning here.

Nick Stewart

Bellingham, WA

My Life In High School

Nick Stewart in 1996

Who were you in High School and how did you feel about it?

Grunger; labeled

What did you think your life would become when you graduated?


My Life After High School

Nick Stewart

What happened in your life to you, for you, and by you in the last twenty years (how have you used your time and who have you become)?

Two equal periods of time working that include, in order, cooking and manufacturing. I am still not grown up enough to use the word career.

My Life Lessons

What were the major life lessons and wisdom that you gained during your journey over the last 20 years?

Staying healthy, good friends are very important

Letter To My High School Self

If you could write your 18-year-old self (or however old you were when you graduated) a letter, and send it back in time, what would you say? What lessons, wisdom, encouragement, or warnings would you give yourself?

Oh no, no temporal paradox for me.

Next up, a very slightly longer interview with a fellow classmate, Jessica Reik.

Are you from Generation X? I want to hear what you think! Please comment below and participate in the conversation about What They Didn’t Teach Us Gen Xers In High School. What do you wish someone told you when you were eighteen?

About the author

Featured in CNN Money Edition, Jesse Stoddard’s primary aim is to make his mark in the world by exploring new ideas, enhancing collaboration and cooperation with teams, and working in his unique ability, which is transferring infectious enthusiasm, taking action, and loving people in order to gather and connect with others to pursue a bigger, brighter future.

Jesse’s mission is to make good bolder with his writing and art, to serve God, and in such a way that he illuminates truth, shines a humorous light on our human imperfections, and reminds us all to be humble while pointing us to what’s right.