I wish I could start my bio the way Steve Martin does in his greatest film, The Jerk. Alas, I’ll have to settle for saying I grew up in a house like a lot of houses. A yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. Oh, that’s Daniel Stern from The Wonder Years series finale? I see. Well, I guess it wasn’t really a street like a lot of other streets. But many may call it “The Street” as I was born and raised on the streets of Memphis.
After growing up in the embodiment of the American melting pot, I went to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation, I taught 11th and 12th grade Social Studies in Teach For America in Nashville. During this time, I fell in love and married my best friend and love of my life. I’m now a law student at Vanderbilt University, cheering on my Vanderbilt Commodores and livin’ that dream!
To elaborate on my hobbies and interests would require an entire other blog in and of itself. Even when it was The Facebook back in the day (before J Tizzle brilliantly suggested to eliminate “The”), the profile has never been able to feature all of my favorite movies, TV shows, and quotes on my main profile page.
As I’ve always said, I’m a lover of God, a lover of people, and a lover of partying. My knack for people and partying means I’m constantly finding groups of people with new interests and having conversations with people who have fascinations for me to explore. I choose to periodically check in on and casually follow things like mixed martial arts, the sweet science of boxing and European soccer. Obsessing about things like United States politics, film and television, and all things American sports-related is just par for the course.
Some fun facts:
- The only reason I didn’t apply to be on Survivor as soon as I was eligible when I turned 21 was because I had just been elected student body president at Vanderbilt. Since then, my teaching career, marriage, and law school have kept me from applying. If Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett keep going, it is just a matter of time.
- I love America… probably more than you do.
As for any thing else you need to know about me, stay tuned. For whatever they’re worth (which probably isn’t much), my thoughts and interests will be on full display on The Wise Guise and my Twitter page (@jjosephwilliams). But being America, land of the free and home of the brave, I’ll let you be a vibrant citizen of this democracy and decide for yourself.