Thomas Guadalupe-Johnson is a junior graphic and visual design major at Eastern Mennonite University. Thomas loves all forms of art, “all the way from painting and sculpture to film and graphic design;” but art is only one of his passions. Thomas, who grew up in Clayton, North Carolina, also loves botany, carpentry, fishing, hunting and motor vehicles.
Thomas competes on the cross country and track teams at EMU and looks forward to the growth that will result from the physical challenges of this bike trip. “This opportunity,” he said, “puts me in a position to better myself, (and) hopefully better others, which would better our world.”
Growing up, Thomas spent time living in Virginia and Puerto Rico besides North Carolina. “Every year we destroy more and more of this beautiful earth and the creatures inhabiting it,” Thomas laments. While he finds this really concerning, he also finds reason for hope: “Knowing that we can change one simple habit and save a species should give any the motivation to take action.”