Ephraim's Story

Antiochians are dreamers. They experience doubt. They embrace uncertainty. They make bold choices, sometimes unexpectedly.


That is why the Office Admissions at Antioch College has a rolling system: we want to be able to welcome that brilliant student whose decision about her next life adventure did not come to fruition until after all the traditional deadlines had passed.

This is what happened to current student Ephraim Zamora ’20, who describes himself as being from "a small fishing town in Southern Nevada," – aka Las Vegas. As a high school senior, Ephraim had made inquiries about Antioch College but by the summer after his graduation, he was still unsure where he'd be in September. The "unsavory mercurial nature of [his] mind," was to blame, he explains.

In mid-July, however, he received a phone call from Assistant Director of Admissions, Shane Creepingbear ’08, which made him feel like he was not only welcome: he belonged. "Shane called me back and gave me the Antioch endorsement," Ephraim recalls, "I think it was the invitation that helped me. I didn't have the initiative at the time to imagine another future. Antioch felt like something I could invest myself in, be an active participant in."

After his conversation with Shane, Ephraim finished his application and left Las Vegas to start his Antioch Adventure in Ohio just a few weeks later. He is now a thriving Antiochian, working on his first co-op as the Digital Archives Coordinator for the Oral History in the Liberal Arts project in Yellow Springs. He also writes for the Record and hopes to major in Anthropology, "or Seamanship. I haven't decided yet!"

Ephraim knows his last-minute decision to attend Antioch College was the right one: "It is immensely gratifying to be here. I've never really felt such an affinity to such a group of people."

When asked what he’d say to fellow late-bloomers and self-questioning young people about coming to Antioch next Fall, he responded: "There’s a spot at the table for you here; it has to boil down to the people, relationships. We all really affect each other here, being surrounded by such thoughtful and interesting people. And there’s participatory democracy. Also, there's music, there's lingering in the dining hall… I would say to the undecideds: it feels like a safe harbor."

We at Antioch College want to be that safe harbor for more brilliant, committed, self-driven students like Ephraim. Which is why we have created the Alumni Referral Initiative (ARI) so that alumni of all generations can recommend potential Antiochians for Fall 2017 and beyond, to help us identify those extraordinary students who need to receive that life-changing phone call, their invitation to their spot at the table.

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