What Is It Like To Be Nathan Arst?

A jazzy interview with a junior

Nathan Arst smiles for a photo.

Nathan Arst

Nathan Arst smiles for a photo.

Sophie Spicuzza, Co Editor-in-Chief

Q: Can you state your full name and how you go it?

A: My name is Nathan Samuel Arst and I get my middle name from my great grandfather. 


Q: What is it like to be you at 7:55 am, 4:30 p.m., and 9:15 p.m.? 


 A: At 7:55 a.m. I am reading a book in English class; at 4:30 p.m. I am playing baseball, doing homework, or participating in an after school activity. At 9:15 p.m. I am eating a late night snack, preferably Cheez-Its.


Q: What music was always playing in your family’s car or house growing up? And then what about now?

A: So I would probably say it was more pop, like around the time it was a specific song and what was popular. But as far as for me, it’s mostly I’d say jazz. It’s just it’s just a really nice genre. I like Frank Sinatra. I started listening to him a couple of years ago, and I was really interested in his music, just like, kind of randomly, like, sort of heard about it and started listening to him. And that sort of created a chain reaction so then I started listening to Dean Martin and more modern jazz forms like Michael Bublé. And I just really got infatuated with the genre. I don’t know, it just spoke to me. Resonated with me.


Q: If you could recreate the world in any way that you could, what would you do?

A: I would structure political governments a lot differently. And I feel like I would have an interesting way of ruling the world. I just feel like, there’s a lot of problems that I see that aren’t being addressed. And I feel like I could have, I could create a lot more suitable ways for addressing them than what’s currently being what’s currently being done in the world.


Q: In your free time where you have nothing to do, what would you do?

A: I would either play sports, hang out with friends or watch movies, because I really like watching movies. I would watch the Interview which is my favorite movie. It’s a very funny, very funny movie.


Q: What or who are you a superfan of and is there a moment that made you freak out about that thing or person?

A: That’s a tough one. Um, probably, I mean, I’m a pretty big fan of Albert Pujols. I got an opportunity to sit really close behind him at a baseball game this summer. So that was pretty cool. Just to be close to see up close and see him for yourself.


Q: What makes you feel like a kid?

A: Probably summertime, just going swimming in a neighborhood pool. Playing basketball recreationally, just hanging out with my friends.


Q: Where are you from? But what is a specific place, like a part of your home or neighborhood or whatever you most associated with your childhood? And then describe it.

A: I’d probably say Highcroft Ridge Elementary. That was only a few streets away from my house. It is only a few minutes away. But it was a great place. I had a lot of great memories. It definitely provided a way to meet a lot of friends and create a lot of great memories.

Q: What moment made you grow up?

A: Like throughout my life? That’s a tough one. I’d probably say my Bar Mitzvah.

Q: Tell me more about that.

A: So basically, it’s like, traditions like becoming a man, so to speak. So that was, I feel like I was able to understand a lot of things that I couldn’t beforehand. I matured a little bit.

Q: How big of an impact does religion had on your life?

A: It doesn’t have, a super big impact. I just, I just view it in terms of like, the messages and the traditions play more of a part of my life than anything else. Just like, how it speaks to me. And my observances, rather than nothing, just like, my observances and traditions. Like going to my temple for the Jewish holidays. It’s just like a great way of spending time with your family and helping you identify what’s meaningful in life. And helps you better understand what you have in life.


Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

A: Nope, I don’t think so.