May 2, 2017

Has Dreams, Will Travel


I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

If you want to get to know Zach Lindsey ’17, you should start with a look at the numbers.

Because of his parents’ careers in international nonprofit organizations, Zach grew up in five countries — Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and Thailand. “Travel is in my DNA,” he says.

It’s this international lifestyle that’s the foundation of Zach’s dream to eventually enroll in flight school and become a pilot. “I’ve travelled across the oceans and back. I’ve travelled to over 30 countries, and all those commutes have been through air travel,” he says.

Until then, Zach plans to use his major in Sports Management and minor in Business Administration in his job with the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

Another Zach stat: as a Bonner Scholar, he’ll leave Guilford having logged more than 1,120 hours of service.

In his role, he’s served as a volunteer for programs including the Church Under the Bridge, Pathways, Newcomers and the annual Soy Un Lider conference. He also notes his time as a project coordinator with Elimu Empowerment Services, an organization providing mentorship and tutoring services to Arican immigrant and refugee communities.

A humble guy, Zach names no fewer than six impactful mentors from his time at Guilford: Andrew Young, James Shields and Susan May with the Bonner Center and Melissa Daniel, Rob Young and Doug Smith with the Learning Commons. He says they all taught him to work hard, take ownership and aspire to his best self.

Finally, Zach remembers — though he had seen it before — that it was one Guilford winter when he first touched snow.