Baylor Rainbow '18 made the most of his four years at Holy Innocents’, to say the very least. He was on the basketball, cross country, and track teams all four years, where three of his four cross country seasons his team ended on the podium. He was in the Mr. HI contest three of his four years, participated in clubs – not only the Outdoor Club but the Knitting Club to boot. He was on the Homecoming Court. Dunn Neugebauer caught up with Baylor this summer.
Q: Every time I hear about Ole Miss, I hear about The Grove. Please tell me about the Grove.
A: The Grove is the best place in Mississippi. On football game day, every Rebel fan in the Southeast congregates out there – the place probably holds some 25,000 people. There are people out there from sunup to sundown. There are chandeliers set up in tents, speakers and the best food I’ve ever had. Also, there are classes held out there on nice days, concerts as well, as there are stages that are set up. It can be night and day of what’s going on out there between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Basically, come see it – you simply have to.
Q: What would the Baylor Rainbow of present day say to the Baylor Rainbow who graduated from Holy Innocents’ back in 2018 – whether regarding life advice or how to get through college?
A: The first thing that came to my head was: Slow down! Take it all in; take what comes and enjoy it while you’re in it. Focus on what needs to be focused on.
Q: What are you majoring in?
A: Geological engineering and it’s been kicking my tail!
Q: Speaking of – whether academically or socially – do you feel your Holy Innocents’ influence has been and is helping you along the way? If so, how?
A: Holy Innocents’ made me VERY prepared for school in itself, as I am not over my head by any means. Also, it gave me a strong foundation which, to this day, gives me confidence not to shy away from any potential opportunities. I feel my time management skills are way better than most of my peers. Basically, I could go on and on about how Holy Innocents’ helped me. How much room do you have for this story?
Q: When COVID hit, we were a case of World, Interrupted. Still, what positives have come out of this for you personally?
A: First, I started working out again and began to take better care of my health. It also has made me cherish the good times while we have them. Also, school was hard during COVID because we didn’t have access not only to our professors but to a lot of our classmates. Again, this is where the time management thing I got from Holy Innocents’ kicked in. Those skills helped keep me afloat.
Q: We always like to see our alumni back on campus. Is there a particular type of event that would bring you back?
A: I like any kind of event because there’s not much I love better than getting back in touch and seeing my friends.
Q: I need your first instinctive thought when I ask this: When you think of your time at Holy Innocents’, what goes through your head?
A: I’m proud to be a Golden Bear! There were so many fun and happy times and there were very few negatives. Those four years were very positive for me and I’m very proud of it.
– Dunn Neugebauer