#LoftyIdeals: Eliza DuBose ’20

Friday, August 23, 2019
Eliza DuBose ’20

A fried egg, sunny-side up.

That’s Eliza DuBose ’20’s usual breakfast order, and the staff in Ford Hall knows this and starts preparing that order before she even has to ask for it each morning.

“I’m really proud that the staff in the dining hall knows me, and they are so excited when I come in,” DuBose says. “I love that so much. They see so many students every day, and whatever the reason is, they remember me. I think that’s really cool, and I think that’s a real testament to the relationships I have been able to cultivate here.”

DuBose came to Mercersburg at the start of her 10th-grade year. She spent her childhood in Rollinsville, Colorado, and she remembers bears breaking into her family’s home more than once. “Everything about my childhood was connected to the Earth,” she says.

That might be why her first dream job was a climate change activist. “I have always been interested in social justice,” DuBose says, “and in motivating people to do things to better the communities around them.”

DuBose has a passion for helping others be their best selves and a drive to constantly better herself. Part of that drive is what brought her to Mercersburg in the first place. “Being with the same people from kindergarten, I felt like I was put in these boxes that everyone expected me to be in,” she says as she thinks about her high school in Colorado.

A tragedy when she was 13—the loss of her twin sister in a car accident—also encouraged her desire to find a different high-school experience. “I was kind of tired of being the dead-girl’s sister,” she says. “I wanted to get away from that. I was really excited to come to Mercersburg and be my own person and construct who I wanted to be.”

And at Mercersburg, she has done just that. She is a dancer, a member of the String Ensemble, a Writing Center Fellow, an actor in Stony Batter, a Language Center Ambassador, and an editor for the arts section of The Mercersburg News, and she declaimed for the first time last winter.

As a Marshall declaimer, she chose the piece “For Her” about losing a twin sister. “It was a whole grieving process all over again,” she says. “But it was kind of nice to bring that little bit of me to campus.”

For the summer issue of Mercersburg Academy magazine, DuBose put her writing skills to good use when she interviewed and wrote profiles about three alumnae and one current faculty member. “It was really incredible to be able to talk to women who are doing things with their lives that are impacting people and companies in big ways,” she says. “They are doing things that are so important, and they are doing it because they believe in it. Listening to these women talk about their careers, why they are doing those things, and how Mercersburg pointed them in the direction of their careers was really cool. I thought, ‘If they can do it, I can do it.’ That was really heartening because this whole idea of starting over after Mercersburg has been scary because I’m so happy here.” Read DuBose’s profiles on Tonya Rutherford ’90, Carla Lopez ’97, Amy Jones Satrom ’98, and faculty member Allison Stephens.

While DuBose may not have life after Mercersburg figured out just yet, she definitely has a good handle on what she wants to do before graduation next May: “I want to try out for Declamation again. I want to be a better editor for The Mercersburg News. I want to continue to find leadership positions and places where I can move the community in ways that I think are productive. This year I tried to do a voter registration drive, which didn’t work as well as I wanted it to, so I want to try that again as we head into the next presidential election. And of course, I want to continue to do as well as I can in class.”

DuBose stops as she talks about all these passions and with a smile, she adds, “A goal for next year is to actually sleep a lot more than I have been doing recently.”