By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
|MC Photo by Rebecca Bell|
A 2016 graduate of Midland Christian School, Adams plans to accomplish this desire in a unique way—through the entertainment industry as a writer, director and/or producer.
He is well on his way to achieving that goal. In December, Adams will graduate from Midland College with an Associate of Arts degree focusing in English. This past spring semester, he wrote an auto-ethnography that dramatized communications theories as an honors project for his speech class. The work was so inspiring and well done that he was asked to present it in a Fine Arts & Communications Division faculty meeting.
“I acquired my affinity for writing when I was in the 4th grade at Midland Christian School,” explained Adams. “I will never forget my teacher Cheryl Gaddis. Even at that young age, she told us to write about things that we found worthy and inspirational. Then, I took dual credit English courses when I was in high school and that helped me to further cultivate my writing style. I also learned to appreciate literature in a personal way, which enabled me to expand my writing in a much more analytical sense.”
One of Adams’ favorite authors today is Bob Goff, who in 2012 wrote a Christian non-fiction book entitled Love Does. Goff donated all the profits from the sale of the book to help children around the world. Today, Love Does lives on as an organization dedicated to helping children in conflict areas.
“I want to use my writing and my love for public speaking in much the same way,” stated Adams. “Through film and entertainment, I hope to communicate basic ideas of love and compassion in a way that’s fresh and new—pointing to the common ground which we all inhabit.”
In addition to his writing passion, Adams is also very committed to fitness and healthy lifestyles. He teaches “GRIT” and “CXWORX” classes at the Midland YMCA, starting as early as 6:15 a.m. and also teaches at Midland’s new CycleBar® studio. In addition, he trains two times a week at a local gym when he isn’t teaching.
“I especially like our ‘Cycle Giving’ classes at CycleBar®,” said Adams. “These classes are held in order to give back to the community. All proceeds from fees for these particular classes go to a designated nonprofit organization in our community. Being a part of these classes is one way I’ve found that I can already use my talents to promote change in the world and help others in our community.”
In his spare time, Adams enjoys cooking and baking as he experiments with healthier options to classic dishes.
“I’m not a total ‘health nut’ when it comes to food,” laughed Adams. “While I aim to nourish my body in very healthy ways, I have been put onto the idea that nourishing the soul comes with enjoying good food, too. It makes life more fun. It’s all about maintaining a balance.”
Adams also maintains a balance in his studies and extracurricular activities at Midland College. He is a member of the Midland College Ambassadors, an Honors student, a member of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, and just this year was elected as president of the Midland College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
“Ryan impressed us with his campaign speech when he ran for president,” noted Dr. Terry Gilmour, MC Government professor and Phi Theta Kappa co-advisor. “It was obvious that he is a true leader. He hit the ground running and never stopped all semester! He is professional, yet friendly; intelligent, but not haughty; a leader, and also a team player.”
Dr. Lea Keesee, director of the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, is the other advisor of Phi Theta Kappa and said, “The chapter members unanimously selected him to fill the leadership position. Ryan brings levels of positive leadership that have continued the momentum for chapter growth and renewed enthusiasm for chapter fellowship and service.” In early May, under Adams’ leadership, MC Phi Theta Kappa members raised funds in less than two weeks to donate 51 suitcases to the children at High Sky Children’s Ranch.
“I love Midland College,” said Adams. “It has given me an opportunity to enhance not only my writing skills, but also my scholarship, and by being active in various organizations, I have dually expanded my leadership potential.”
Adams isn’t the only member of his family to attend Midland College. His older brother Chad, 24, also attended MC and is once again taking classes on the MC campus through the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center physician assistant program. Ryan Adams is researching various universities to attend after he graduates from MC in December. Those at the top of his list are Baylor, Texas A&M and the University of Texas. With a goal of getting into the entertainment industry, he is also looking at various institutions in New York and California.
Adams said that even though English, writing and the fine arts are his life’s callings, he has also enjoyed various other classes at Midland College, including chemistry taught by Dr. Pat Nandakumar and history taught by Dr. Todd Houck.