If you glance out into the fan section of most Gustavus sporting events, you can usually spot Senior Tyler Bishop decked out in Gustie gear, leading the loudest chants, and cheering his fellow classmates on to victory.
“Tyler is the biggest fan at sporting events. At a recent football game he was told by a referee that his megaphone needed to be confiscated but the funny part was, he had no megaphone. It was just his voice. He’s a light in everyone’s lives,” Senior Becca Woodstra said.
His encouraging attitude doesn’t rest solely on the sidelines but also epitomizes his role within the Gustavus community.
“He has some real depth to him. You can see Tyler cheering louder than anyone at most sporting events, but if you take the time to have an intimate conversation with him you will quickly see that he’s thoughtful and genuine,” Senior Max Mliner said.
While he enjoys helping rile up the crowd, Tyler says that real gratification comes from simply fulfilling his position as a role model.
“I do it because someone has to bring more life and energy to these games. The players are always saying how much they appreciate it. I think after my experience in Gustie Greeters, I learned just how must I love being a mentor and a role model to people. It keeps me stay grounded and content to know I’m helping people in any way,” Tyler said.
Along with being a role model at sporting events and as a Gustie Greeter, Tyler is also involved with the mentoring program, Epsilon Pi Alpha fraternity, and is Co President of the Men’s Club Volleyball team.
“At a recent football game Tyler was told by a referee that his megaphone needed to be confiscated but the funny part was, he had no megaphone. It was just his voice.”
“He is a leader, plain and simple. He’s at the forefront of most everything he’s involved in and for a good reason. He’s generous and always greets people with a smile. The guy does everything flawlessly,” Sophomore Michael Greenberg said.
On top of that, Tyler’s able to balance all of his extracurricular activities alongside his Computer Science major and Business Management minor. After his time at Gustavus, he already has a job lined up with Ameriprise Financial in the Technology Leadership Development Program.
“I have no idea where that will take me after the 18 month program but it’s such a huge honor. It’s so satisfying and comforting to say that I already have a full time job lined up. I’m excited for the experience,” Tyler said.
During the rest of his time at Gustavus, Tyler aims to make deeper friendships and continue to motivate and cheer on everyone around him.
“I try to consistently focus on the way I’m presenting myself to people. I feel very strongly that everyone you meet can help shape your future either positively or negatively and I want to shape people’s futures positively,” Tyler said.
His desire to shape the lives of those around him in a positive manner is already one that has been recognized.
“He’s a role model to everyone, especially the first-years who he helps transition to college. He is deserving of this honor because of his strong involvement, commitment to, and kindness toward everyone,” Senior Stephan Quie said.
“He is a leader, plain and simple. He’s at the forefront of most everything he’s involved in and for a good reason.”
While he has a job lined up and his future seems less daunting than some people’s, Tyler says that he wants to focus on appreciating the time he has left at Gustavus. Just as he will miss those around him, he and his outgoing personality will be missed as well.
“I’m sure he will be successful no matter where he ends up. With his personality, he’ll be able to get a lot, if not everything he wants,” Woodstra said.