Gregory Tavarez


Class:                  2016

Major:                 Prospective Economics Major

Activities:          Men’s Track and Field
Dominican Student Assembly 
Invisible Men

Hometown:       West New York, NJ

High School:     Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY 

Bio: Greg hails from the town of West New York, a small, but densely populated town in Northeastern New Jersey. He attended the local public school, Stevens Co-Operative School, until 7th grade and graduated as Class of 2008.  Breaking out of his shell, Greg truly began to shine as a member of the community.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the school's newspaper, The SCOOP Tribune and found his passion for the guitar. Stevens helped Greg explore the world outside of his hometown such as weeklong trips to Vermont, Washington DC, and even Mexico.

While at Stevens, Greg juggled work through the NJ SEEDS program, a non-profit aiming to place high achieving-low income students into top high schools across the nation. Thanks to the support from SEEDS and Stevens, Greg set his eyes on the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. 

At Hackley, Greg learned one of the most valuable lessons in leadership: "To lead is to serve," Greg held true to those words throughout his high school career. He was a consistent leader in Hackley's Diversity organization, later becoming its president. As guitarist and bassists, he was an essential member of the Jazz Band. Greg also led the Track and Field team to its 4th consecutive league championships as captain. Of course, Greg also volunteered at Hackley admission office.

Now at Wesleyan, Greg seeks to continue his work with admission, social justice, and track.

Greg answers the question "Why Wes?"

Why Wes: When looking at colleges, I knew for a fact that I wanted to continue the interests that I pursued in high school.  Track and field and diversity work were huge priorities that I did not want to leave behind after graduation. It was at Wesleyan where I could expand my interest. I could run and work for social justice without having to sacrifice either of the two. What I discovered from meeting new people at Wes was that they were just as involved in their own interests as I was in mine. I could share my passions and they willingly shared theirs. Who knows? Maybe I’ll pick something that I never imagined I would thanks to the friends I am continuously making at Wes.  I learned a new fact after my visit: Wesleyan was the place for me!

Favorite Song / Artist:  (Currently) "September" by Earth, Wind, & Fire

Favorite Movie:  The Warriors

Interesting Fact:  I ran at the 104th Milrose Games at Madison Square Garden