Chris Tucker: Shimer in 158 words
The amazing Chris Tucker is a 1997 graduate of Shimer College.
Shimer was a powerful lesson in the nature of the Dunning-Kruger effect. I left my home as the most intelligent person in my community; I arrived at Shimer as the least intelligent person in that community. Whatever I believed I was skilled at, I discovered someone at Shimer--sometimes one of the professors, but more often simply one of my fellow students--who blew me out of the water with their amazingly effortless grace in that same area. I was angry at how foolish I appeared, I was terrified at the gap between my abilities and theirs. The easy solution--sweet, numbing apathy--was a constant temptation. Fortunately, I slowly began to understand exactly what my limitations were (quite a few!) and where my possible strengths might lie. I spent four years quietly being humbled by the most astonishing collection of minds I'll ever know, and the next decade or so trying to make sense of it.