A true geek can be hard to define. Is it a person who cannot seem to understand social norms? Someone who wears thick glasses and actually knows where to get a pocket protector, or, perhaps, a person who just finds things that they love and stays really enthusiastic about those things. Well, the true definition is something that nerds can and will argue about for all eternity, but it is known that whether he is seen passionately discussing the latest Marvel affairs, developing his theatrical skills, or just hanging around and watching the Discovery Channel, senior Ryan Stewart definitely fits somebody’s definition of a geek.
[Oredigger]: Why Physics [as a major]?
[Stewart]: ‘[Cause] I wanted to understand how the universe works and I want to explore space.
What has been your favorite class so far?
Creative Writing because I am enjoying letting my creative outlet flow and have it not be procrastination.
Are you a geek and why?
Yes, because of so many things. I have got theater, music, [I’m a] Star Wars fan, lotta sci-fi, I role-play, I play videogames, I was Luke Skywalker at my sister’s wedding.
What do you do with whatever spare time you still have?
I do theater stuff or watch things on Youtube [and] maybe play a video game once in awhile.
What is your favorite thing about Mines?
The people you meet here. The characters.
Which was the coolest Old World or ancient civilization and why?
Definitely the Egyptians because they are kind of mystical to me and they built the Pyramids, which is the oldest man-made structure of that magnitude, and the culture fascinates me.
What are your greatest accomplishments?
Surviving almost four years at Mines as a Physics major.
What is your best nerd moment story?
Being in a debate about who is better: Batman or Ironman and sticking steadfastly to Batman. Also, my first word was “Batman,” as was my nephew’s and my dad’s.
If you could be dropped into any fictional universe, what would it be and why?
[The] Star Wars [universe] because I could become a Jedi or, if I’m not lucky enough to have the Force, at least be a sweet X-Wing pilot.
Which would you rather have: the ability to temporarily stop the passage of time before a test or the ability to extend project deadlines indefinitely?
The first one because if I had the power to do the second one, it’d just never get done.
In a straight-up fight, who would win: Mario or Sonic?
Sonic all the way because Sonic can spin and take him out. If Mario jumps on Sonic when he’s spinning, Mario would die. Sonic’s way faster. Plus, if Sonic gets hit, he loses rings but can get ’em back, but Mario takes one hit and gets smaller and if he takes one more hit, he’s gone, so [it’s a] max two-hit K.O. for Mario.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just…do things.” – The Joker, The Dark Knight
Do you have any plans for the future?
Explore Mars and, you know, graduate, get a family, that type of thing.
Do you have any advice for fellow geeks for Mines students?
There will be at least one other person on this campus who appreciates the same things you do, so go find that person.