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Meet Christian Wilson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Wilson.

Christian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Spokane but I have moved eleven times due to my dad’s job, he sells medical products for Medtronic. Mostly I grew up in San Diego. Throughout that whole time, I have always played basketball, and I have always loved learning. I have a younger sister and younger twin brothers who are six and eight years younger than me. (I am 19) I have always tried to be very involved with school and have had the amazing opportunity to travel to many different countries through basketball and family including: China, Taiwan, France, Spain, and Mexico. My final school was Balboa City School. It was a private basketball prep school in which 45 kids k-12 attended. Half of the kids were international students here to learn English and the others were basketball players who had been recruited and given the amazing opportunity to play basketball at a very high level in high school. It was there that I received a scholarship to Vanguard University to play basketball.

Ever since attending Vanguard, I have been very intent on growing myself and expanding my knowledge and outlook on life. This has led me to start a club on campus that I hope to turn into a business soon. The club called Why? focuses on leadership, character development, lifelong learning skills, and passion finding/activation. We have around 30 advisors who are staff, faculty members and administration that help us create new ideas and activate current ones with good direction. I hope to eventually put this service in other schools because it has helped me and a lot of others find our Why so to speak and has given me a project that I can use any of my classes to gain real-world experience with.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Moving many times has been something that can either be an opportunity for growth or an obstacle. For me, I have chosen to see it as an opportunity. It is an opportunity to for me to develop my interpersonal skills, networking skills and to build my resilience. I now feel that I can go anywhere and figure out how to adapt to the culture and people while maintaining the integrity of myself. Another challenge has been being a student athlete for my whole life. It is never easy to play basketball and get school work done. It can make having a social life, getting good grades and figuring out what you want to do in life very difficult. It takes a lot of time to understand time management skills, networking skills, and patience. Something that happens when you play sports is injury. No matter what sport you play, injury is something that happens. I had two major injuries in which I learned a lot from. The first was a complete elbow dislocation.

From this, I learned how to be a part of my basketball team without playing. I learned how to watch my team and encourage my team from the sideline and make an impact through only my words and energy. My second major injury was a lung collapse. Due to the fact that I was not sleeping because of my busy schedule, I was sick with a cold and cough for three months. This coughing finally made my lung collapsed and I was out of basketball for eight weeks. During this time, I learned about humility. I learned that pride is disagreeing with the nature of reality and that I was not agreeing with the reality and necessity of sleep. This caused my lung to collapse and for me to become very aware of my pride in different areas of my life. I now reflect often on humility and try my best to make myself aware of the reality of life and the different seasons that I go through in life.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Why? is a club that I have started on campus that creates a space for leadership development, mentorship, lifelong learning skills, practical life skills, and character development. We specialize in finding practical ways to grow intangibles within individuals through group engagement, real-life experience, and discipline. We follow a new philosophy that we are creating called the Why Hide? Philosophy. Hide stands for Humility, Integrity, Discipline, and Elevation. Each letter represents a different step in the journey of life. Humility is the opposite of pride or disagreeing with the nature of reality. Humility then is agreeing with the nature of reality or having a clear reflection of what reality truly is. Self-awareness and being able to understand your environment wherever you are is a very important skill. Integrity comes from their Latin root integer which means whole or complete. To have integrity is to be whole or complete. The let your yes be yes and your no be no, to be the same person wherever you go.

With a clear reflection of reality, you can see where you lack wholeness in life which leads to our third point. Discipline, we believe that discipline equals freedom and that fear of discipline is a paradox. To fear discipline because of restriction is wrong because without discipline, restriction is immanent. If you have discipline in different areas of your life, you have freedom to do the things you want to do and to be powerful. When you have a clear reflection of reality and you see where you lack wholeness, you can then use the tools that come with different disciplines in order to fill in those places that lack wholeness. This process naturally leads to elevation or transformation upwards. After you transform and elevate in an area of life then you are in a new reality and a new space, which requires a new sense of humility. Then the process starts over. We use this philosophy in everything we do.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
One of the tangible ways we live out or mission with Why? is by putting on the speaker series. This started out as a question first. The question was what is the point of college and how do you maximize this season of your life. After many interviews with different professors and faculty members, we settled on four main topics: Self-Awareness, Relationships, Mind of Christ, and transformation. I then found four professors who could speak well on each subject. Then finally, we had the series. It was a four-part series that took four weeks to complete. Finally completing it was a big deal for my team and I. We were very excited when it was over and had gone well.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 55 Fair Dr
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    United States
  • Phone: 619-952-3117
  • Email: Whyhide@vaguard.edu

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