Lewis Caskey

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke

My name is Lewis Caskey. I’m nineteen years old, and a freshman at Goshen College in my hometown of Goshen, Indiana. I am majoring in English and Secondary Education, with a minor in Theater. I enjoy working with youth, and a couple of my English teachers have been such positive influences in my life that they led me to admire the role that teachers play in the education and development of our youth. I feel that the calling to become a teacher is my way to contribute to society. In addition to my studies, I enjoy playing soccer for Goshen College, and cycling recreationally. Past international travel has been a huge influence on my life; when I was in 7th grade, I spent the year living in the Dominican Republic while my parents led a study program for college students. While there, I simply existed in the culture, spending most of my time going to school or playing baseball in the street. This experience taught me from an early age the importance of respecting and understanding cultures other than my own. The Dominican mindset also helped me to realize the benefit of relaxing, of sitting back and simply existing in the community around you, and that often times the most important things you learn come from observing others. I am thrilled to be a part of the Heritable Innovation Trust Internship this summer, because in it I see an exciting, new alternative to society’s “normal” approach to life. The HIT is attempting to create an open environment of information and innovation, where everyone can work toward the benefit of all of humanity.