by Delphine Burns
When we walk into the dining hall and are greeted by Gary Lewis’ lovely smiling face, our day feels brighter. While many of us have had our fair share of pleasant conversations and interactions with Gary, there is still much to learn about this cheery Pitzer dining hall employee. I had the privilege of talking to Gary about some of his experiences and life philosophies. This interview’s purpose is to highlight deeper aspects of Gary’s life we may have been previously unaware of. Enjoy!
Delphine: What are your main hobbies?
Gary: I guess I would say that my main hobby is singing. I love a good melody. Music enhances and soothes the soul, but lyrics are what get me to be able to articulate love, anger, hope and achievement in such an accessible way; it makes my mind tingle.
Delphine: Where are you from?
Gary: I am from Pomona, California. My family is from Mississippi. I’ve also spent a lot of time there; I love it there.
Delphine: Do you have a favorite quote?
Gary: I don’t have a favorite quote; you would think I did. There are a lot I pull from depending on what I need at the moment. However, I guess if I had to pick one to use right now it would be something an old boss told me: “Inch by inch and it’s a cinch. Yard by yard and life is hard.”
Delphine: What kind of music do you like?
Gary: I like all sorts of music. I love gospel. I also listen to neo soul, R&B, jazz, some hip-hop, and soul. Really all music has to do for me is sound good, make sense, and make me feel what it’s saying.
Delphine: What do you like the most about working at Pitzer?
Gary: I love everything about working at Pitzer. I mostly love how welcoming everyone is. You know, I love how great the students are from the other schools too.
Delphine: What are some life accomplishments you’re proud of?
Gary: I have come a long way and also have a long way to go. I have accomplished many things, but nothing compares to the friends I’ve made along the way. I’ve met some amazing people whom I admire and love.
Delphine: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Gary: I try not to look too far into the future. A song I love says, “I don’t know about tomorrow I just live from day to day, and I don’t borrow from its sunshine for it skies may turn to grey.”
Delphine: What’s something you’re really passionate about?
Gary: I have a passion for many things. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize them until it’s too late and I’m too deep in.
Delphine: What’s your advice for college students?
Gary: I wish I could think of something cool to say, but I have nothing. You are all amazing people, so do what amazing people do. Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World says it best: “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do Good.”