Evan Myers is a junior at Furman University, studying politics and international affairs. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the News Editor and incoming Head Editor for The Paladin—Furman’s student newspaper. Additionally, he is the founder of Furman’s Alexander Hamilton Society as well as an active member of the Society of Tocqueville
Fellows, the Riley Institute’s Advance Team, and the American Enterprise Institute’s Executive Council. He also works on campus as an admissions ambassador and concierge, resident assistant (RA), and student tutor. Prior to joining NEXT, Myers also spent significant time working in the United States Senate, interning in Senator Doug Jones’ (AL) office on Capitol Hill as well as Senator Tim Scott’s (SC) office in Greenville.
Originally from Birmingham, AL, Myers has lived and worked all around the world, spending significant time in Chiriqui, Panama and working internships in Madrid, Spain and Brussels, Belgium.
Upon returning to the United States from his time abroad, Myers partnered with his good friend and fellow polyglot, Will Przedpelski, to start Paladin Conversation Partners – a conversation based language learning program that brings together people learning new languages with native speakers living in their community.
Originally envisioned as a program to better integrate Furman’s diverse campus community, after a year of mutual learning, cultural exchange, and building relationships with nearly 40 participants, Myers and Przedpelski realized the potential of their idea and founded Local Language Learning, a tech start-up stirving to create software that enables administrators to create multi-lingual communities that work together to facilitate cultural exchange and improve fluency.
Cumulatively, Myers’ experiences have shown him the importance of diverse perspectives and helped him develop a new appreciation for different workplace cultures, as well as the power of distinct approaches to problem solving and team building. As an intern this spring, he is eager to connect with NEXT entrepreneurs, exchange ideas, and find new ways to improve together.
We asked Myers to answer a few questions about himself—find his answers below:
What was your favorite TV show when growing up?
- My parents were both high school teachers. My dad taught photography and my mom taught French. I do not even remember having a TV in the house growing up. I spent most of my time outside or in books.
Can you play any instruments?
- I used to play the trombone and the piano, but it has been a long time since I had any practice on either.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
- My bucket list is quite long, but three things that come to mind are:
- Publishing my own book of poetry.
- Learning to speak every language spoken in the Mediterranean Basin: Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian, Southern Slavic languages, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, and Hebrew.
- Founding an art studio featuring my dad’s photography.
How many different states have you lived in?
- Two, Alabama and South Carolina.
If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- This is an impossible question to answer.
If you could choose one age to be forever, what age would it be and why?
- I would never want to be one age forever. That sounds like a horrible fate.