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Hobbies: Running is big for him. It helps clear his mind. Video games are also huge for him, he likes playing Xbox 360 with friends or Super Smash Bros. Another hobby he has is collecting beer bottle caps from all over the world. He and his friend plan on making an art piece out of all the caps they have collected.
You have seen him around campus MCing for Dub Sync and Super Smash Bros. events. To his friends, he’s known as a gopher for his involvement around campus. Meet Dillon Grandy, this week’s senior spotlight! Whether he is giving a tour around campus or participating in the Zombie Run, Grandy has shown many reasons why he deserves this honor in being featured in this week’s QC.
Born in Pittsburg, Pa., Grandy moved to Hemet, Calif. for high school where he started his development as a leader. “When I first came out to California I definitely was not the Dillon I am now,” Grandy said. “I was shy and so nervous. Attending high school here was very eye opening because it was so diverse compared to Pittsburg.”
After visiting Whittier, Dillon knew he wanted to pursue his college career here. “Being at Whittier has shaped me into a better person whether it was working through the admissions office where I gained the confidence to speak to people,” Grandy said.
“Even the professors, staff, and faculty have helped me a lot. Working with people like Joy, Shuana, Joe, Della, and many more have looked out for me in many ways and have encouraged me to do more with myself.”
Grandy has been extensively involved with the campus. He currently is the Social Chair, Recruitment Chair, and the Inter-Society Council representative for the Paragonian Society.
He’s working with Admissions Office as a student ambassador, and he’s worked with Poet Entertainment and QCTV. “My goal is to bring student involvement to the school,” Grandy said.
During his sophomore year, Dillon took the initiative to bring Super Smash Bros. game competitions to campus. “I wanted to build a community here so everyone can bond together over video games,” Grandy said.
Since the start of the Paragonian Society, Dillon has actively been involved in keeping the society alive. This upcoming year he and his fellow society members will be hosting a Latin theme dance for the college where they will be partnering up with the Ortiz Program, M.E.Ch.A and the Latin Dance club. The dance will be on Oct. 4 at the Wardman House.
In the future, Dillon hopes to attend a graduate program for Student Affairs. “I want to be like Della and inspire students,” Grandy said. “She spoke in my leadership class freshman year and she inspired me so much that I knew I wanted to go into that field.”
Another idea Grandy has for the future is to continue working for Disneyland, but instead of the attractions, he wants to work in the corporate side dealing with their marketing team or thinking of new ideas to help Disneyland expand.
The people at Whittier have shaped Dillon’s ideas for the future and inspired him. “The top people who have inspired me are Della, Professor Decker, and my two best friends Daniel Soto and Patrick Norton,” Grandy said. “Of course, Charles Back, Torie Savage, Trevor Van Dyke, and my family have also inspired me and kept me going here at Whittier.”
Even though it is the beginning of the year, Dillon has been thinking about the day he will graduate. “The hardest things for me to leave behind when I graduate are going to be the people here at Whittier,” Grandy said.
Some advice he wants to give to the first-years is to get involved and enjoy their time here at Whittier. “Do as much as you can,” Grandy said. “Just develop and grow during your four years here. It will all flash before your eyes.”