Philosophical Thinker: Nathan Tilley ‘09

Nathan Tilley '09

Headmaster’s List
National Honor Society
Cum Laude
AP Scholar with Honors

After GDS:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Honors Program
Morehead Merit Scholar
Phi Beta Kappa
Received one-year liberal arts degree from Augustine College in Canada

Nathan Tilley, credits several teachers and experiences he had while at GDS as the reason he chose to pursue graduate studies in the humanities, namely Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as a minor in Ancient Greek. “GDS provided me with a rigorous work ethic and passion for reading, in particular, that have enabled my studies and research to flourish at Chapel Hill.” Tilley said.

Tilley recalls his 10th grade history teacher who taught him how to read texts closely and to learn to discern patterns of thought. In addition, classes with Dr. Gutsell had a significant impact on his early intellectual development and turned a childhood love of reading into a lifelong engagement with texts and ideas.

While at GDS, Tilley was a member of the varsity cross country and baseball teams, performed in the jazz and pep band, and served on the Honor Board. His time on the Honor Board propelled him into working with the UNC-CH Honor Court, where he is currently serving as Chair. After graduating from Greensboro Day School, Tilley took a gap year and attended a one-year liberal arts college in Ottawa, Canada, which surveys the history of Western Culture through a variety of particular disciplines. He is currently applying to masters programs in Theology and Early Christian Studies, hoping to work on Early and Medieval Christian usage of Greek philosophical concepts and language or other philosophical aspects of Patristic writings.

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