Student of the Week: Michael Wissink


Michael Wissink

“I’d say I’m a pretty cool dude,” senior Michael Wissink said.

Student of the Week is a new feature of The Forum designed to help readers get to know Latin’s student body, one voice at a time. By selecting random students, our staff hopes to encourage connection and community—we hope you enjoy!

Meet this week’s featured student, senior Michael Wissink—beloved Math Center TA, everybody’s favorite hockey player (self-proclaimed), and a connoisseur of all things “Mullet.”

Eliza Lampert (EL): What’s your biggest fear?

Michael Wissink (MW): My biggest fear is killer clowns.

EL: Who has been most important to your life and why?

MW: My dad because he’s always pushed me to be the best version of myself and influenced me to be a good student, a good athlete, and a good person. He’s taught me how to be successful academically and socially while also doing a sport. He’s pushed me to do what’s best for myself and make myself happy.

EL: If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room, what would you choose and why?

MW: “Still Beating” by Mac DeMarco.

EL: What actor would play you in the movie of your life?

MW: Adam Sandler.

EL: What would I find in your fridge right now?

MW: Dr. Pepper, pomegranate, pesto pasta, apples, and chocolate milk.

EL: What is an experience that has changed your life and how?

MW: Working with kids with severe developmental disabilities and teaching them how to play hockey through Chicago Special Hockey. It’s been very influential, because I’ve learned how to convey the love for the sport and also teach myself the harms of ableism.

EL: What would be your advice to a new student at Latin?

MW: Take advantage of all of the amazing resources and enjoy it while it lasts.

EL: What would you like people to remember you by?

MW: My mullet.